Date: Tue, 16 Jan 1996 10:20:24 -0500
From: "Dale F.Coye" CoyeCFAT[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]AOL.COM
Subject: Re: Theatre/ -er
Having spent some years working in the theatre I was shocked to learn the
spelling was still an issue. My impression was that these days everyone
spelled it -re, even though it does smack of affectation. My impression was
confirmed by a glance at the NY Times where nearly everyTheatre (eg. the
Majestic) uses the -re spelling, the local Central NJ paper also confirmed
this usage. But in the Washington Post there were more -er spellings, notably
the Kennedy Center Theater, perhaps because someone thought that at least the
premiere theatre in our capital ought to resist the British invasion.
Anyway, though I could be wrong, I think theatre people in general would
rarely use the -er spelling.