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Fri Mar 30 06:47:05 UTC 2007
"Grind House" was partly filmed in Austin, by acclaimed directors Quentin
Tarantino and Roberto Rodriguez. Tarantino frequently explains the term.
I don't think it has any connection to "grinder" (barker), as OED hints.
It's probably literally a grind house--a film mill. Earlier citations welcome.
Is VARIETY searchable?
14 June 1927, Helena (MT) Independent, pg. 7, col. 3:
The shutdown at the Rialto will leave only a grind house where second run
films are shown to cater to the movie fans of Butte.
4 March 1928, Syracue (NY) Herald, pg. 2, col. 6:
It is intended to operate a 24-hour grind house program to run about an
hour, made up mostly of shorts.
grind house, n.
slang (orig. U.S.). Now chiefly hist.
[Prob. < _GRIND_
d&ps=n.&homonym_no=1) n.1 (cf. sense 2 at that entry) + _HOUSE_
J. E. LIGHTER Hist. Dict. Amer. Slang (1994 ) I. 970/1 suggests a further
connection with the relatively rare U.S. slang grinder ‘a barker who works
continuously in front of a single show’, earliest attested in 1926.]
A cinema showing a variety of films in continuous succession, usually with
low admission fees and freq. concentrating on material regarded as of poor
quality or little merit. Also: a burlesque theatre; a strip club.
1925 Los Angeles Times 10 Oct. 2/3 An agreement was later made by the
Motion-Picture Theater Owners' Association of Southern California, it was said,
where payment will be respectively $3 higher in suburban houses, $5 higher in
downtown ‘grind’ houses and $8 in de luxe theaters. 1928 Washington Post 1
Apr. III. 1/1 Many people thought Keith's Theater would align itself with the
so-called ‘grind’ houses running twelve hours a day continuously. 1939 L.
GODY N.Y. City Guide 175 On Forty-second Street west of Broadway..famous
theaters have been converted into movie ‘grind’ houses devoted to continuous
double feature programs or burlesque shows. 1966 Playboy Dec. 244/1 By early
1958 all New York was a Bardot festival; her pictures, duly dubbed and
scrubbed, were playing not only in the art houses but in exploitation grind houses
and in respectable neighborhood theaters as well. 1993 Rolling Stone 10 June
78/1 Nick hangs with the street kids, especially Molly.., a child prostitute
destined for the grind house where her mother strips for droolers. 2000
Guardian 12 May (Friday Rev. section) 23/6, I remember solitary teenage treks to a
rat-infested ghetto grindhouse to catch some rotten dubbed martial arts
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