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“Theater” or “Theatre”


Theater and theatre are both English terms.


Theater is predominantly used in 🇺🇸 American (US) English (en-US) while theatre is predominantly used in 🇬🇧 British English (used in UK/AU/NZ) (en-GB).

In terms of actual appearance and usage, here's a breakdown by country, with usage level out of 100 (if available) 👇:

Term US UK India Philippines Canada Australia Liberia Ireland New Zealand Jamaica Trinidad & Tobago Guyana
theater 76 4 23 78 19 8 100 7 10 42 39 41
theatre 24 96 77 22 81 92 0 93 90 58 61 59

  • In the United States, there is a preference for "theater" over "theatre" (76 to 24).
  • In the United Kingdom, there is a 96 to 4 preference for "theatre" over "theater".
  • In India, there is a 77 to 23 preference for "theatre" over "theater".
  • In the Philippines, there is a preference for "theater" over "theatre" (78 to 22).
  • In Canada, there is a 81 to 19 preference for "theatre" over "theater".
  • In Australia, there is a 92 to 8 preference for "theatre" over "theater".
  • In Liberia, there is a preference for "theater" over "theatre" (100 to 0).
  • In Ireland, there is a 93 to 7 preference for "theatre" over "theater".
  • In New Zealand, there is a 90 to 10 preference for "theatre" over "theater".
  • In Jamaica, there is a 58 to 42 preference for "theatre" over "theater".
  • In Trinidad & Tobago, there is a 61 to 39 preference for "theatre" over "theater".
  • In Guyana, there is a 59 to 41 preference for "theatre" over "theater".

Below, we provide some examples of when to use theater or theatre with sample sentences.


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Examples in Context

Examples of “theater”

  • visited to a local movie theater, where he came upon the
  • has had its own movie theater since the Marathon Theatre opened
  • Arts Center (formerly Atlas Movie Theater), 1938
  • was shot at the Apollo Theater and also featured Kane, who
  • Theater version
  • Live at the Greek Theater 1982 [Live] (2011) (guest appearance
  • Chicago's famous Second City Theater was an inspiration for Russell,
  • the Stage: Protestantism and Popular Theater in Early Modern England (1997),
  • the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg.
  • France and at the Fox Theater in the US were performed

Examples of “theatre”

  • Fantasticks, in the small 150-seat theatre, spawned a run which lasted
  • Waldmüller had her theatre debut in Innsbruck in the
  • Ó Fátharta at The Abbey theatre Archive
  • Kyiv National I. K. Karpenko-Kary Theatre, Cinema and Television University (Theatre
  • Ira Drew || Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, Broadway
  • at Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance, and his first
  • at the recently refurbished Dominion Theatre for 55 performances only starring
  • total short stories and one theatre play).
  • known for her dance and theatre work
  • Show of Strength Theatre Company is a Bristol-based theatre

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