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grind +‎ house. From bump and grind (dubious). The term may originally have been used for burlesque houses in the 1940s.


grindhouse (plural grindhouses)

  1. (US film) A low-budget film theater that shows primarily exploitation films
    • 2007 April 10, Dave Kehr, “New DVDs”, in New York Times[1]:
      For Mr. Bava [] , the road from the grindhouse to the art house — or at least, the virtual art house of the DVD player — has turned out to be surprisingly, encouragingly short.

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