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odeum (oh-DEE-uhm) noun, plural odea

1. A theater or concert hall.

2. A roofed building in ancient Greece and Rome used for theatrical performances.

[From Latin odeum, from Greek oideion, from oide (song).]

Now you know why so many cinema halls are named Odeon. A few other words that share the same root as odeum are ode, comedy, and tragedy. -Anu

"`Dinah Was,' the wonderful Dinah Washington musical about one of soul's great divas, has inaugurated an equally wonderful, new Off-Broadway theater, the Gramercy on 23rd Street. This 499-seat odeum is a luxurious addition to the burgeoning New York theater scene and is perfect for this new musical." Liz Smith, Disney's Tobacco Rogue, Newsday (New York), Jul 15, 1998.

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