watch a movie in / at a cinema

sunnyweather

Senior Member
Polish
Is the expression 'watch a movie in a cinema' appropriate if the person is talking about a place where there are several cinema halls or should we say 'in the cinema' or even 'at the cinema'? The person is describing a venue where you can spend free time in different ways and says among others that

'You can watch a film in a cinema, eat fast food and play arcade games.'

I think 'at the cinema' should be used, but I'm not sure. Thank you.
 
  • se16teddy

    Senior Member
    English - England
    It depends on the significance of the cinema in the mind of the speaker. Is the emphasis on
    - being within a defined building or geographical boundary (in) or
    - participating in the social function provided by the facility (at) or
    - the cinema as a point in space, for example a point on a journey (at)
    - or something else?
     

    sunnyweather

    Senior Member
    Polish
    It is about watching a film in one of the cinema halls in a given building which is by a shopping centre, so I guess both'in' and 'at' would apply, but I'm not sure whether 'a cinema' could be used...
     
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