Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An early movie theater charging an admission price of five cents.
  • n. A player piano.
  • n. A jukebox.

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  • n. Alternative form of Nickelodeon.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A place of entertainment, as for moving picture exhibition, charging a fee or admission price of five cents.
  • n. An early version of a jukebox that was operated by insertion of a nickel{2}.
  • n. The name of a Cable Television channel, specializing in programs for children.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a cabinet containing an automatic record player; records are played by inserting a coin

Etymologies

nickel + (Mel)odeon, music hall; see melodeon.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Inc. Attention will be focused on 50 major neighborhood and downtown theaters, culled from a list of nearly 250 that have dotted the city's landscape since the first "nickelodeon" opened in 1896 at 626 Canal Street.

    Cinema Treasures

  • They seized film, beat up directors and actors, forced audiences out of theaters, smashed the nickelodeon arcades, and set fire to entire city blocks where they were concentrated.

    A Renegade History of the United States

  • Not until the producers of nickelodeon movies agreed to censor their own material did the mayor rescind his order.

    A Renegade History of the United States

  • With stomachs full and heads adequately instructed, workers would be able to resist the temptations of the nickelodeon, the burlesque show, and the amusement park.

    A Renegade History of the United States

  • They moaned, “Oh, you poor thing,” as if Yetta and the other strikers were the damsels in distress in some movie at the nickelodeon—as if the strike were being put on just for their entertainment.

    Uprising

  • Roses and maybe tickets to the nickelodeon and maybe, next summer, that Coney Island place I keep hearing about . . .

    Uprising

  • Wright has made TWO (count them, TWO) movies so stop pretending he's james cameron or chris nolan or something. the comics are straight up stupid. the movie looks like a movie adaption of a nickelodeon cartoon. stupid concept, overrated director, bad lead actor, did i say stupid concept?

    First Scott Pilgrim vs. The World Teaser Trailer | /Film

  • Like a shirker slipping into a nickelodeon in the middle of the afternoon, he could sneak in whenever he felt like it.

    Jay Kirk: Museum Of Natural History And Carl Akeley's Jounrey To Build Its African Wing

  • Instead her eyes caught the apple orchards parading by like an old nickelodeon, pictures fluttering, slightly disjointed.

    Apples to Apples

  • The entry is tagged under kids choice awards, nickelodeon.

    Twilight Lexicon » Time Running Out on Kids Choice Awards!

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  • I question the 1888 date of this word, though I have no doubt it was listed somewhere (dictionary?) with that date. In its earliest usage, the word referred to the machines (Kinetoscopes), not to the parlors where they were lined up to maximize audience (only one person at a time could view the earliest motion pictures). (See Kinetoscope for more.)

    January 20, 2009

  • 1888, "motion picture theater," from nickel "five-cent coin" (the cost to view one) + -odeon, as in Melodeon (1840) "music hall," ult. from Gk. oideion "building for musical performances." Meaning "nickel jukebox" is first attested 1938. (From etymonline.com)

    January 20, 2009