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pre- +‎ theater


pretheater (not comparable)

  1. Before attending the theater (especially of drinks or a meal).
    • 1999 March 29, Enid Nemy, “Metropolitan Diary”, in New York Times[1]:
      We picked up our tickets and stopped next door to have a pretheater drink.
    • 2000 February 9, Rick Marin, “Fashionably Early: New York Starts Buzzing Before Dusk”, in New York Times[2]:
      Metrazur, in Grand Central Terminal, throws in a free miniature "suitcase" with its pretheater meal, filled with cookies to munch on during intermission and a $3 MetroCard for the commute to Broadway.
    • 2002 November 3, Bruce McCall, “NEW YORK OBSERVED; For Every Light on Broadway, a Case of Indigestion”, in New York Times[3]:
      If time just doesn't allow for a pretheater restaurant dinner, some places -- Broadway Sal's is one -- can arrange to deliver dinner right to your theater seat.
    • 2005, Janet Ware, Al Davis, 101 Things You Didn't Know About Shakespeare[4], Adams Media, →ISBN, page 172:
      It's not necessary to be an expert on British royals before you see one of Shakespeare's history plays, but a little pretheater preparation never hurts.
    • 2006, Donald Olson, Frommer's London from $95 a Day, 10th Edition[5], Wiley Publishing, →ISBN Invalid ISBN, page 139:
      Even though a la carte prices aren't outrageous, we recommend the three-course pretheater menu.
  2. Preceding the formation of theater.
    • 1998, Karen Brazell, Traditional Japanese Theater: An Anthology of Plays[6], Columbia University Press, →ISBN, page 4:
      During the early, pretheater period (ca. 700-1350), both religious and secular performing arts prospered.