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    #1

    Go to theater VS. Go to the theater

    Go to school VS. Go to the school

    Go to theater VS. Go to the theater

    If we are going to watch movies at a theater, should we use go to theater? And if we have something else to do at a theater, should we use go to the theater like Go to school VS. Go the the school? Or Go to the theater is an idiomatic expression and it means watch movies at a theater?
    I hope to make my question clear and hear from you again. Thank you.

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    Re: Go to theater VS. Go to the theater

    'Go to school (to learn)' and 'Go to church (to worship)' are set phrases which omit the article.

    In most other cases an article is needed. 'He's going to the school to pick up his daughter'. 'She's going to the church to arrange the flowers'.

    I would go to the theatre (BE spelling) to watch a play and to the cinema to see a film. You cannot omit the articles.

    Rover

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