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grind house

noun, Slang.
a burlesque house, especially one providing continuous entertainment at reduced prices.
a movie theater that shows films throughout the day and all or most of the night. Unabridged
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n,n phr

A theater that runs continuously without intermissions, holidays, etc: Four years ago, it would have been restricted to a few downtown grind-houses/ He dragged me to the Times Square grind-house to which it had been relegated

[1930s+ Theater; probably fr grind show, perhaps influenced by the burlesque and sexual connotations of grind]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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