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noun, Slang.
a burlesque house, especially one providing continuous entertainment at reduced prices.
a movie theater that shows films throughout the day and all or most of the night.

n,n phr

A theater that runs continuously without intermissions, holidays, etc: Four years ago, it would have been restricted to a few downtown grind-houses/ He dragged me to the Times Square grind-house to which it had been relegated

[1930s+ Theater; probably fr grind show, perhaps influenced by the burlesque and sexual connotations of grind]


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