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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

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Theater or Theatre, Does it matter at all or when should it matter?

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Las Vegas Theatre Forum (ATCVegas) When I was doing more PR, I made a habit of using the business spelling of each company to be true and respectful to how they chose to spell the word either, "theatre" (like LVLT) or "theater" (like Insurgo). My question is: Does it matter? It's impossible to keep it consistent, even internally, so is it vital to spell it a certain way?

Yesterday at 11:05am ·  ·  · Share · Promote

    • Greg Van Cott I've seen TheatRE interpreted as the artform, a class, or acting/drama in general (as potentially pretentious as that sounds) whereas TheatER seems to be used to describe a room or a place like a movie theater or home theater set up. You're right, it doesn't really matter. It's all about what looks cooler in the end. The British have an additional word they do that with: center vs. centre, haha.
      Yesterday at 11:10am ·  ·  1 person · 

    • Garry Douglas 
      Being from Australia I am probably a bit biased - I am used to theatre. I believe you will find this spelling in every other country - it's more an American way to spell 'it' theater', particularly in more regional markets and/or smaller ar...See More

      Yesterday at 11:32am ·  · 

    • Rick Bindhamer Greg beat me to it and is correct. "Theatre" refers to the artistic aspects, "Theater" is the venue in which the former takes place. Either may be correctly used in reference to a theatrical "Company".
      Yesterday at 12:16pm ·  ·  1 person · 

    • Garry Douglas Ooooh, I don't think so. I don't know of any source by which such a claim could be made.
      Yesterday at 1:28pm ·  · 

    • Anthony del Valle Associated Press style guide prefers "theater" in all uses, unless a particular company calls it "theatre." But today, it seems different newspapers have different preferences. But as far as I know, there is no difference in the meaning of the two words.
      20 hours ago ·  · 

    • Rick Bindhamer 
      To add to the confusion:

      Some also use the different spellings to separate the forms of entertainment, holding that "Theater" refers to recorded cinematic presentations, while "Theatre" signifies live action.

      Fowler’s Modern English Usage sa...See More

      17 hours ago ·  · 

    • Anthony del Valle one of the things i love about the English language is that it's constantly changing. i think yesterday's thoughts on "theater" and "theatre" no longer apply. Same with "who" and "whom" -- there are times when using "whom" is extremely awkward, even though it may be gramatically correct. I think "who" has become acceptable in almost (ALMOST) all instances. And remember when "ain't" was a dirty word? And "gay" simply meant happy?
      5 hours ago ·  · 

    • Las Vegas Theatre Forum (ATCVegas) Theatre is English and for those wanting to sound high and mighty. Theater is American. But as Anthony says...the language is constantly changing. Hard to say which to use when. Many writers simply interchange them. Or for style, it should be theater unless specified in a Brittish Theatre name.

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