Not to be confused with the friendly dog of the ocean, the manatee. matinee times are defined as follows:
an entertainment, especially a dramatic or musical performance, that takes place during the day, usually in the evening. – dictionary.com
a musical or dramatic performance or a public or social event that takes place during the day and especially in the evening; the saturday matinee was so crowded we had to sit in the second row. -merriam-website.com
An evening performance is called a matinée, like a matinée performance of a play that starts at two o’clock. – vocabulary.com
A movie that starts in a non-peak period of theater patronage is generally considered to be in the afternoon. – movietheaterprices.com
Basically, movie matinee times are set to encourage more people to go to the movies during the less crowded theater hours. Most of the time, these times start between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. m. and 12:00 p.m. m. and go until 3:30 p.m. m. and 6:00 p.m. m.
Movie theaters in the United States and several other countries have adopted this practice to increase revenue and increase their customer base to those attracted by cheaper movie tickets.
To this day, in 2017, matinee times are still used by theater chains in the United States, although unfortunately they are not standardized across all theater chains, which means Everyone has different hours. so if you frequent multiple theaters to catch a matinee movie, you may find yourself unintentionally buying a regular ticket. That’s why we created this page.
here are the matinee times for various theaters in the united states:
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*please note that times are general in nature. contact your local theater to confirm.
history of the morning cinema
Have you ever wondered exactly what the matinee times are? Wonder no more!matinee comes from the French origin – matin – which simply means “morning”. matinée (pronounced ‘mat-i-nay’) (see audio below) is French for literally “morning performance”. over time, however, as the English do, we have morphed the word into how we want to use it. nowadays, as you probably know, matinee in the usa. uu. and most Western countries refer to a theater, movie, or broadway performance in the evening or during the day.
Originally, however, the French coined the term between 1930 and 1960 to use with one of their favorite pastimes: opera. As with today’s top-notch concerts, there’s usually always an opening act to warm up the crowd beforehand, same in France.
The opera was the celebrity on the list, and a movie was shown beforehand as the opening to warm up the crowd. often many handsome men appeared in these movies, prompting the term: matinee idol. there’s a word reference discussion revolving around origins if you’re interested in finding out a bit more.
Now the next time you go to the movies during a matinee you can show all your friends how smart you are by spitting out a bit of the witty matinee story.
The united states and canada are the two largest countries that use morning times extensively in theaters across the country. most other countries simply refer to discount tickets for movies shown earlier in the day as early bird/late/morning tickets.
when are the matinee hours?
As you can see from the table above, the typical times for US movie chains to price their tickets at matinee prices are generally from morning to mid-afternoon. some extend their hours until the early afternoon and others start in the morning as well.
There are thousands of individual movie theaters in the United States and many more around the world, so we cannot effectively manage matinee times for each individual theater. instead, we ask that you simply contact the theater you plan to visit to confirm their own matinee times if that’s important to you.
matine tenses first originated in France during the 1930s to 1960s and were used to describe the showing of films before the evening opera.
However, if you think the general times above are completely off the mark, please let us know! You will not only help us, but thousands of moviegoers!
Which matinee tickets are discounted?
After extensive scientific research* across many of America’s movie theater chains, we found that 91% of the time only general admission/adult tickets are discounted during morning movie hours .
why? simply because child/senior/student/military tickets are already much cheaper than the cost of an adult ticket. movie theater chains make most of their money from concessions, so discounting already low-priced tickets can also land them in the red.
again, you may be thinking of going to a movie at the 10% off matinee discounts on all tickets, so we recommend contacting them beforehand, it could save you a lot of money!
*not really scientific.
how do you pronounce matinee?
we know! everyone loves to criticize others for mispronouncing foreign words that have been adapted into an English version. Fortunately for us, the technology of the 21st century has provided us with platforms that provide the pronunciation of almost every word in the English vocabulary!
Go to youtube and you will find hundreds of channels trying to make a living by pronouncing various words and settling arguments between friends and family. We listened to some ourselves and found this clip to be the best:
Of course, you’re more than welcome to pronounce it like we did when we first said the world: mat-ti-knee. everyone will know what you mean, and that’s all that really matters.
If you’d like more information on matinee times or would like to see the times of other theaters added to the list, please contact us! there are many people who wonder the same as you, and you have the ability to answer them!