Definition of picture palace in US English:

picture palace


  • A movie theater.

    • ‘Tonight's unique fireworks display, reflected against the wall of the old building, will be the highlight of a grand goodbye to what was once the town's most splendid picture palace.’
    • ‘This was a fascinating journey tracing the history of cinema, from humble beginnings in small local halls to the splendid picture palaces that graced almost every High Street in the land.’
    • ‘Such disregard for the traditions of the picture palace was hard to take.’
    • ‘Although he has lived in Australia for 30 years, he will never forget his trips to the picture palace.’
    • ‘Eventually, however, the picture palaces began to lose their pulling power and bingo started taking over.’
    movie theatre, movie house
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