An example of a matinee is a 1 p.m. showing of a Broadway play.
To save a couple of dollars, try going to a matinee showing.
Even in a world with television and movies, people still head out to see a great night (or matinee!) of theater because of the glory these shows can bring.
Since the evening performances are usually the most sought-after, the matinee performances are typically cheaper, to fill the empty seats.
Today, the movie matinee has degenerated somewhat into simply a lesser-cost earlier movie showtime, and for newly-released blockbusters, theater chains don't even offer matinee prices.
You may have never had time to go to a matinee or afternoon concert before, but now you can relax and enjoy it without feeling guilty that you should be doing something else.