Variant of theater.
- (Australia, Canada, New Zealand, UK) Alternative spelling of theater.
- (US) Often used specifically of playhouses and drama, so as to distinguish from moviehouses and cinema.
- The spelling theatre is the main spelling in Commonwealth English, with theater being rare.
- The spelling theater is the predominant American spelling; it accounts for about 80% of usage in COCA (the major corpus of American English). People who work in the theatre industry in America, however, usually use the spelling "theatre". The spelling is also used often in advertising.
From French thÃ©Ã¢tre.