a cheap, dirty cinema. Originally the term usually referred to the front-stalls section and the 'pit' in front of the screen. Before World War II, in the case of rural cinemas especially, the term was often a literal description.

Contemporary slang . 2014.

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  • fleapit — [flē′pit΄] n. Informal a public place, esp. a hotel or theater, that is cheap, run down, inferior, etc …   English World dictionary

  • fleapit — UK [ˈfliːˌpɪt] / US [ˈflɪˌpɪt] noun [countable] Word forms fleapit : singular fleapit plural fleapits British informal an old dirty cinema …   English dictionary

  • fleapit — [[t]fli͟ːpɪt[/t]] fleapits also flea pit N COUNT (disapproval) If you refer to a cinema or theatre as a fleapit, you mean that it is old and does not look very clean or tidy. [BRIT, HUMOROUS, INFORMAL] …   English dictionary

  • fleapit — noun Date: 1937 British a dilapidated building usually housing a movie theater …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • fleapit — /flee pit /, n. Brit. Slang. a shabby public place, esp. a run down motion picture theater. [1935 40; FLEA + PIT1] * * * …   Universalium

  • Fleapit — shabby, dirty room or building, especially a cinema …   Dictionary of Australian slang

  • fleapit — Australian Slang shabby, dirty room or building, especially a cinema …   English dialects glossary

  • fleapit — flea|pit [ˈfli:ˌpıt] n old fashioned a cheap dirty cinema or theatre used humorously …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • fleapit — n. (Informal) dirty old and run down movie theatre; (Slang) flea house …   English contemporary dictionary

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