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picture house

(mainly Brit) an old-fashioned name for cinema (sense 1a)
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  • There ain't a picture house in town got the Gem beat when it comes to heat.

    Just Around the Corner Fannie Hurst
  • In the darkness of the picture house there was no danger he would recognize her.

    Peggy Raymond's Way Harriet Lummis Smith
  • Any picture house would rather be praised for bringing a good picture to town than condemned for showing a bad one.

    John Wesley, Jr. Dan B. Brummitt
  • His name's Albert Zeider and he's got a picture house three doors down the street.

    The Real Adventure Henry Kitchell Webster
  • Farther on down the street the girls found a picture house which satisfied them and they purchased tickets.

    Doris Force at Locked Gates Julia K. Duncan
  • The picture house ought therefore to take up the task of the magazines which it has partly displaced.

    The Photoplay Hugo Mnsterberg

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