from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Before attending the theater (especially of drinks or a meal).
  • adj. Preceding the formation of theater.


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

pre- +‎ theater


  • His tone was both ingratiating and contemptuous, the one reserved for the pretheater crowd, tourists, and anyone -- easily identified by the way they kept looking around -- who had been saving up.

    Excerpt: In the Kitchen by Monica Ali

  • At six the restaurant was filling up with the loud pretheater crowd, but she and Twilly had a small table far from the bar, where it was quiet enough to talk.

    7th Heaven

  • "But by the time Matthew got there, the place was filling up with a pretheater crowd," McGuigan says.


  • Oysters were served both at taverns as a pretheater snack and inside the theater itself, the Elizabethan equivalent of ballpark franks.

    Feeling Listless - "Taking the credit for your second symphony."

  • The following week, I returned in the evening for the Garrick's pretheater dinner, which sounded like a bargain – a three-course meal for $25 – before Death of a Salesman.

    Sneaking Over to the Garrick for a Toast to Arthur Miller

  • It's a fine deal on the pretheater menu, which includes many of Mr. McKenty's best dishes.

    Sneaking Over to the Garrick for a Toast to Arthur Miller

  • One caveat - despite its location, Gauthier Soho is too elaborate for an expedient pretheater dinner.

    NYT > Home Page

  • But the bulk of the pretheater restaurant scene is grim banquet food on polyester tablecloths: block after block of steam-table pastas and Diet Cokes; industrial salads; not-from-scratch chicken dishes; pound after pound of Sysco fries.

    NYT > Home Page

  • I found my pretheater dinner just a few blocks from Judson, at Joe's, where I ate two thin and crispy slices for $5.50, and I had a post-show beer Sixpoint Righteous Rye Ale nearby at

    NYT > Home Page

  • Kids are encouraged to dress as their favorite Broadway characters for the pretheater party at

    NYT > Home Page


Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.