If you are sitting in a crowd of people watching actors on a stage, you're probably in a theater. If the performance is projected on a large screen, you're in a movie theater.
The Greek word for theater (theatron) comes from the verb theasthai, meaning “behold.” You are likely to behold a play or a film inside a theater. If you've dedicated your life to theater, you are probably an actor, director or playwright. Remember when you yelled “fire!” in a crowded theater and got arrested? That wasn't funny.
n a building where theatrical performances or motion-picture shows can be presented
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arena theater, theater in the round
a theater arranged with seats around at least three sides of the stage
cinema, movie house, movie theater, movie theatre, picture palace
a theater where films are shown
dinner theater, dinner theatre
a theater at which dinner is included in the price of admission
home theater, home theatre
television and video equipment designed to reproduce in the home the experience of being in a movie theater
little theater, little theatre
a small theater for experimental drama or collegiate or community groups
music hall, vaudeville theater, vaudeville theatre
a theater in which vaudeville is staged
opera, opera house
a building where musical dramas are performed
a South African movie theater
an old shabby movie theater
a movie theater than has several different auditoriums in the same building