Movie theater

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A movie theater (North American English), cinema, (British English) or cinema hall (Indian English), also known as a picture house or the pictures, is a building that contains an auditorium for viewing films (also called movies) for entertainment.wikipedia
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Auditorium

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A movie theater (North American English), cinema, (British English) or cinema hall (Indian English), also known as a picture house or the pictures, is a building that contains an auditorium for viewing films (also called movies) for entertainment.
For movie theatres, the number of auditoriums is expressed as the number of screens.

Digital cinema

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In the 2010s, most movie theaters are equipped for digital cinema projection, removing the need to create and transport a physical film print on a heavy reel. The availability of 3D movies encourages exhibitors to adopt digital cinema and provides a way for theaters to compete with home theaters.
Whereas film reels have to be shipped to movie theaters, a digital movie can be distributed to cinemas in a number of ways: over the Internet or dedicated satellite links, or by sending hard drives or optical discs such as Blu-ray discs.

National Association of Theatre Owners

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However, some US theaters opt to use the British spelling in their own names, a practice supported by the National Association of Theatre Owners, while apart from North America most English-speaking countries use the term cinema, alternatively spelled and pronounced kinema.
The National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) is a United States based trade organization whose members are the owners of movie theaters.

Projection screen

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The film is projected with a movie projector onto a large projection screen at the front of the auditorium while the dialogue, sounds and music are played through a number of wall-mounted speakers.
Projection screens may be permanently installed, as in a movie theater; painted on the wall; or portable with tripod or floor rising models.

Soft drink

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Movie theaters often sell soft drinks, popcorn, and candy, and some theaters sell hot fast food.
Soft drinks are widely available at fast food restaurants, movie theaters, convenience stores, casual-dining restaurants, dedicated soda stores, and bars from soda fountain machines.

Film poster

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Other features included are film posters, arcade games and washrooms.
Film posters are displayed inside and on the outside of movie theaters, and elsewhere on the street or in shops.

Concession stand

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Movie theaters also often have a concession stand for buying snacks and drinks within the theater's lobby.
A concession stand (American English), snack kiosk or snack bar (British English, Irish English) is a place where patrons can purchase snacks or food at a cinema, amusement park, zoos, aquariums, fair, stadium, beach, swimming pool, concert, sporting event, or other entertainment venue.

Movie palace

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In the 1970s many large 1920s movie palaces were converted into multiple screen venues by dividing their large auditoriums, and sometimes even the stage space, into smaller theaters.
A movie palace (or picture palace in the United Kingdom) is any of the large, elaborately decorated movie theaters built between the 1910s and the 1940s.

Elgin Theatre (Ottawa)

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The Elgin Theatre in Ottawa, Ontario became the first venue to offer two film programs on different screens in 1957 when Canadian theater-owner Nat Taylor converted the dual screen theater into one capable of showing two different movies simultaneously.
The Elgin Theatre was a historic movie theatre located at the corner of Lisgar and Elgin Street in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

Cineplex Odeon Corporation

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Taylor is credited by Canadian sources as the inventor of the multiplex or cineplex; he later founded the Cineplex Odeon Corporation, opening the 18-screen Toronto Eaton Centre Cineplex, the world's largest at the time, in Toronto, Ontario.
Cineplex Odeon Corporation was one of North America's largest movie theatre operators, with theatres in its home country of Canada and the United States.

Multiplex (movie theater)

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The largest theater complexes, which are called multiplexes—a design developed in the US in the 1960s—have up to thirty screens.
A multiplex is a movie theater complex with multiple screens within a single complex.

Drive-in theater

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A drive-in movie theater is an outdoor parking area with a screen—sometimes an inflatable screen—at one end and a projection booth at the other.
A drive-in theater or drive-in cinema is a form of cinema structure consisting of a large outdoor movie screen, a projection booth, a concession stand and a large parking area for automobiles.

Movie projector

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The film is projected with a movie projector onto a large projection screen at the front of the auditorium while the dialogue, sounds and music are played through a number of wall-mounted speakers.
It is the complete automation of projection that has enabled the modern "multiplex" cinema - a single site typically containing from 8 to 24 theaters with only a few projection and sound technicians, rather than a platoon of projectionists.

Popcorn

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Movie theaters often sell soft drinks, popcorn, and candy, and some theaters sell hot fast food.
Popcorn is a popular snack food at sporting events and in cinemas, where it has been served since the 1930s.

Stadium seating

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"Stadium seating", popular in modern multiplexes, actually dates back to the 1920s.
In addition to sports venues and performing arts venues, many other venues that require clear audience views of a single area use stadium seating, including religious institutions, lecture halls, and movie theaters.

Mobile cinema

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In 1967, the British government launched seven custom-built mobile cinema units for use as part of the Ministry of Technology campaign to raise standards.
A mobile cinema is a cinema on wheels.

Home cinema

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The availability of 3D movies encourages exhibitors to adopt digital cinema and provides a way for theaters to compete with home theaters.
Home cinema, also called a home theater, a home theatre, and a theater room, are home entertainment audio-visual systems that seek to reproduce a movie theater experience and mood using consumer electronics-grade video and audio equipment that is set up in a room or backyard of a private home.

Warner Bros.

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1953 saw two groundbreaking features in 3D: Columbia's Man in the Dark and Warner Bros. House of Wax, the first 3D feature with stereophonic sound.
The three elder brothers began in the movie theater business, having acquired a movie projector with which they showed films in the mining towns of Pennsylvania and Ohio.

Nat Taylor

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The Elgin Theatre in Ottawa, Ontario became the first venue to offer two film programs on different screens in 1957 when Canadian theater-owner Nat Taylor converted the dual screen theater into one capable of showing two different movies simultaneously.
As head of Twentieth Century Theatres, the Ontario branch of Famous Players Canadian Corporation, he built one of the world's first cineplex movie theatres in Ottawa, Ontario at the Elgin Theatre.

Movie theaters in the Netherlands

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For example, in Pathé theaters in the Netherlands the extra fee for watching a 3D film consists of a fixed fee of €1.50, and an optional fee of €1 for the glasses.
There are 137 movie theaters and 31 arthouse cinemas in the Netherlands, with a total of ca. 675 screens, in addition to 79 small arthouse cinemas and a number of adult movie theaters.

Arcade game

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Other features included are film posters, arcade games and washrooms.
In the 2010s, some movie theaters and family fun centers still have small arcades.

National Science and Media Museum

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At the IMAX cinema attached to the National Media Museum in Bradford, West Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom, visitors to the museum's sixth floor can observe the IMAX projection booth via a glass rear wall and watch the large format films being loaded and projected.
The venue has three cinemas, operated in partnership with Picturehouse Cinemas, including an IMAX screen.

Adult movie theater

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An adult movie theater or sex theater specializes in showing pornographic movies. Such movies are rarely shown in other theaters. See also Golden Age of Porn. Since the widespread availability of pornographic films for home viewing on VHS in the 1980s and 1990s, the DVD in the 1990s, and the Blu-ray disc in the 2000s, there are far fewer adult movie theaters.
An adult movie theatre is a euphemistic term for a movie theatre specifically designed for the exhibition of pornographic films.

Arc lamp

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The invention of the Argand lamp in the 1790s, limelight in the 1820s and the intensely bright electric arc lamp in the 1860s increased the brightness of the images.
Arc lamps were superseded by filament lamps in most roles, remaining in only certain niche applications such as cinema projection, followspots, and searchlights.

Animated cartoon

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This might include a newsreel, live-action comedy short films, documentary short films, musical short films, or cartoon shorts (many classic cartoons series such as the Looney Tunes and Mickey Mouse shorts were created for this purpose).
An animated cartoon is a film for the cinema, television or computer screen, which is made using sequential drawings, as opposed to animation in general, which include films made using clay, puppets, 3D modeling and other means.