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Theater or Theatre?
Posted by Parabasis on November 17, 2006 at 03:33 PM in Theater | Permalink
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Theater is a building.
Theatre is, well, everthing that's not a building.
November 17, 2006 at 03:37 PM
freeman, I've heard the same, but limiting theatER to movie theaters, and using the -RE for everything else. So a building where theatre happens would also be a theatRE.
Unless you're Lincoln Center, and need to use theatER, so people don't expect you to also use centRE.
Or unless you're The Public, and keep up your of-the-common-people image by using the less snobby theatER.
Or unless you're MCC, and use theatER for no discernable reason.
November 17, 2006 at 04:12 PM
Theater is an American way of spelling the word.
Theatre is the correct way.
November 17, 2006 at 04:52 PM
theatre is a major you can get in college for a lot of money but is actually pretty useless in the outside world.
Theater, isn't that where the shows are?
Joshua James |
November 17, 2006 at 06:06 PM
Oy. Am I the only one who thinks insisting on "theatre" to describe what happens on a stage is like capitalizing the A in "art"?
I've heard any number of arguments about this, but none of them have much in the way of content; they all seem to boil down to the notion that the stage is a higher art, and thus needs distinguishing.
I've responded at more length over at Theaterboy.net, where my bias is apparent in the blog's name (and where I can format and embed properly) ...
November 17, 2006 at 06:34 PM
I vote for theatre.
For no other reason then aesthics. I think it looks prettier.
November 18, 2006 at 04:07 AM
Crap--of course I mean aesthetics.
November 18, 2006 at 04:09 AM
i stand in solidarity with theaterboy.
November 21, 2006 at 10:44 AM
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