picture house


noun

mainly British an old-fashioned name for cinema (def. 1a)

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Example sentences from the Web for picture house

  • I was aware that this question had been waiting for an answer ever since we had left that picture-house in Shaftesbury Avenue.

    The Tower of Oblivion|Oliver Onions
  • It was just like any other picture-house except that it had a small organ built into the wall high up in one corner.

    The Tower of Oblivion|Oliver Onions
  • The picture-house and the bicycle have damaged the brewer and the publican.