Vocabulary Lessons

“Movie Theaters”


Going to a theater to catch the latest movies can be a fun activity, either by yourself, with a friend, or with family. Fortunately, there are movie theaters in many communities around the world, and cheap movie tickets are often available. Listen to the words below and consult a dictionary if you need a definition. Write a sample sentence for each word to learn how it is used in context. You can use the Internet to find such sentences.

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

  • buy some popcorn
  • buy tickets
  • catch a movie
  • get a drink
  • go to a movie theater
  • read a movie review
  • sit in an aisle seat
  • wait in line
  • watch a movie trailer
  • watch the credits
  • watch the previews
  • take a seat
    • at the front
    • in the middle
    • at the back
  • exciting
  • interesting
  • marvelous
  • moving
  • terrific
  • wonderful
  • absurd
  • awful
  • boring
  • terrible
  • weird


If we don't arrive early, we'll have to _______ in front of the theater, and tickets might be sold out before we reach the ticket booth.

Could you go out into the lobby and ________ before the movie begins? I'm really thirsty, and I don't want to step out once the movie begins.

The storyline of that movie was just ________. I mean, who would believe a story about purple men kidnapping a dog for ransom. Come on! Doesn't that sound ridiculous to you?

Follow-Up Activity

Describe a movie theater you often visit. Explain why you go to that particular theater, where you usually sit inside (and why), and what kinds of refreshments you buy to eat during the movie.