One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A woman who shows people to their seats in a cinema or theatre.
- ‘‘Will it flop or will it go? ‘ask the usherettes in the opening number, the bottom-line question on every producer's lips.’’
- ‘I think there may have been an usherette at the door wishing us ‘Goodnight’; to be honest half the people from the cinema were a little moist - eyed and incoherent as we pushed out onto the drizzly street.’
- ‘At the movie theaters, usherettes had to patrol the aisles as young couples had taken to drinking alcohol during the showing.’
- ‘I have to sit with the usherettes because the performance has been sold out for weeks.’
- ‘Our usherettes start striking attitudes and arabesques amongst the audience and thus starts the Prelude to a trilogy of vignettes, punctuated by intervals where we are thankfully encouraged to get up and move about.’
- ‘My sister-in-law Joan, who was also an usherette at the cinema, said she used to watch him painting in the foyer while at work.’
- ‘They'd just popped in for a quick half pint while waiting to question an usherette at the cinema who had witnessed a theft.’
- ‘His mother, who suffered from bouts of mental illness, was an usherette, at the cinema before she got married, after which, he says, ‘she got out of the movies for good’.’
- ‘The usherette may be a rock star, but from 9am to 5pm she's still an usherette.’
- ‘The school was given use of the theatre rent-free for the day, but they had to pay for the wages of members of staff backstage crew, usherettes and bar staff as well as for a new licence to perform the score of the show.’
- ‘For that you would have been ushered to your seats by the beautiful usherettes.’
- ‘The place had a uniformed commissionaire, a dress circle and rude behaviour was ruthlessly stamped out by frightening torch-wielding usherettes.’
- ‘Alice worked as an usherette at the Mosspark Cinema in Cardonald, Glasgow before she married.’
- ‘Is it a disappointment to you that a lot of the people behind the scenes, like the ushers and usherettes and yourself, don't get the recognition they deserve?’
- ‘Written in 1958, this kitchen-sink drama was the work of a 19-year-old salesgirl, cinema usherette and photographer's lab assistant from Salford, who had left school at 16.’
- ‘I was mentally chuckling about the fact that someone would pay fifteen quid to go and see a play without knowing who wrote it, when the usherette almost made me choke on my polo mint by replying ‘I've absolutely no idea’.’
- ‘She worked as an usherette at the Mosspark Cinema in Cardonald, and Patrick would stand outside, stubbornly waiting to propose again, in his bowler hat and spats.’
- ‘It was said that people sat through two complete showings but the usherettes politely asked them to leave.’
- ‘I went once to see ‘Airplane’ at my local cinema and was admonished by the usherette for laughing too loudly and disturbing the other patrons.’
- ‘I thanked the usherette for her patience, bought a choc-ice and left.’
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