Definition of picture palace in US English:

picture palace


  • A movie theater.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Eventually, however, the picture palaces began to lose their pulling power and bingo started taking over.’
    • ‘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.’
    movie theatre, movie house
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