Date: Tue, 16 Jan 1996 10:20:24 -0500 From: "Dale F.Coye" 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. Dale Coye