A theatre is the place where plays are performed, especially in England, because the normal American spelling of theatre is theater. If you're looking for a night of drama and astonishment, try going to the theatre.

Theatre comes from the Ancient Greek theatron, which means a place for showing, or performing. Now we call the place and the stuff performed the same thing. There are theatres where other things happen than plays. A theatre of war is the area in which a war is taking place. If you're fascinated by war but don't have the nerve to be a soldier, why not make theatre about war?

Definitions of theatre
  1. noun
    a building where theatrical performances or motion-picture shows can be presented
    synonyms: house, theater
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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
    type of:
    building, edifice
    a structure that has a roof and walls and stands more or less permanently in one place
  2. noun
    the art of writing and producing plays
    synonyms: dramatic art, dramatics, dramaturgy, theater
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    the theater as a profession (usually `the stage')
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    communicating, communication
    the activity of communicating; the activity of conveying information
  3. noun
    a region in which active military operations are in progress
    synonyms: field, field of operations, theater, theater of operations, theatre of operations
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    a large indefinite location on the surface of the Earth
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