Hi, is it possible to say
Tonight I want to go to cinema - without the definite article, when I don´t want to say which cinema I am going to go to, but I just want to see a film...
"To go to the cinema" is a set phrase. You can't change it. In it "the cinema" does not refer to the theatre you are going to, but to the cinematographic art, hence its productions.Tonight I want to go to cinema - without the definite article, when I don´t want to say which cinema I am going to go to, but I just want to see a film...
"Movies" is slang / colloquial for "motion pictures" = "cinema".Just to complicate things ... you would say, "Tonight, I want to go to the movies" (plural) even if you just want to go see one film.English, a strange language!
"To go to the cinema" is a set phrase. You can't change it.
Didn't I explain all this in my two posts?I disagree somewhat. It is a set phrase, but you wouldn't be incorrect in any way to say I want to go to a cinema tonight.
"Movies" is slang / colloquial for "motion pictures" = "cinema".
Is it actually still considered slang in the U.S.? In AE, at least, it is by far the most common word used for "film". Even back in the 1970s, the ABC network had a feature called the "ABC Saturday Night Movie", not the "ABC Saturday Night Film".
In academic, literary or internal film industry settings in the U.S. I would expect to hear "film", but in all other settings I would expect "movie".
I don't know where to check to confirm that it is still classified as slang in the U.S., but if it is, I would be surprised.
Oh and in BE we almost never use "movies", only when accompanied with bad imitation American Accent!
"I'm going to the cinema."
"Do you want to come to the cinema tonight?"
"I'm going to see a film."
"Would you like to see a film tonight?"