A movie theater (often American English, theaters on the Toronto Film City location are called the movie houses) is a structure that contains multiple auditoriums for showing movies (sometimes called motion pictures, or “movies,” or even “theaters,”) for single-seat viewing. Usually the seats are placed in front of large picture windows and are often sound proof. There is a stage on the inside of the building where the actors and actresses perform before the screen is opened to the public. The actual electronics and circuitry of the screens are inside of the buildings, but there are stages outside the buildings for the audience to view the movies on. In a typical theater the main screen is about the size of a coffee shop coffee table, while individual screens can be attached to each other or to projection screens in order to create an array of movie screens. Some movie theaters can have multiple screens, but they are not the norm.
Most movie theaters are privately owned and operated by a individual or a group of individuals. There are many types of movie houses that are located in all different areas of the country. Many people who own movie houses rent out their individual screens or multiple screens to customers. A movie theater can be leased out to a chain of owners who lease out individual movie seats to their customers.
Movie theaters are usually divided into two major categories: theme and conventional. A theme movie theater is a themed structure that has classic and popular movies set in that particular theme. Theatricals that use this type of design are often hard to find and can be expensive. Although you can find theme movie theaters in almost every city, it is very difficult to find one that is operated by a local group.
A conventional movie theater is similar to the aforementioned but is usually not themed or privately owned by an individual. Most movie theaters that are found in neighborhoods are operated by a concession stand. Concession stands usually serve food, drinks, snacks, and sometimes movies. Unlike the theme or multiple screen theaters, most concession stands are owned by operators and have multiple screens for showing any type of movie that they own. Unlike a theater, these stands are usually free to use and do not require tickets. Concession stands are commonly located at fairs and other outside sites that offer food and refreshments.
Movie theatres that use projection technology are referred to as movie houses. These houses show only the movies that are released in their running time. There are some movie houses that show all of the latest releases on a nightly basis. There are also houses that only show classic movies or specific types of movies. A great deal of time is spent deciding which movies should be shown and which ones to avoid.
Many people prefer to go to a movie theater instead of watching a film at home. Movie house rates can be expensive, but they are well worth the money if you love movies. You do not have to worry about spending hours upon hours in a movie house, because you will not have to sit in one position for two hours. Many people report that they do not get tired while they are waiting in line to be served at a movie theater.