"Nosotros vamos al cine."
Translation:We go to the movie theater.
Hi Charley-Farley, I'm wondering whether anyone under 40 or 50 would be likely to say that. It used to be common in Canada, but no longer. Cf "picture show" which was current enough in rural Texas in the latter half of the 20th century to be in the title of Peter Bogdanovich's great film -- but I wonder if anyone still says that, even in towns with tumbleweed in the main street.
jim_w: Yes and no. You are still going to the movies, but the "facility" is not "the movies." I think a good parallel is "I'm going to the playoffs at the Garden tonight." There is only one game being played; also, "the playoffs" does not refer to the spectacle or the place, rather to a process or a domain -- same with "the movies." (Elaborated elsewhere in this discussion)
"the cinema" can refer either to the hall or to filmdom in general (likewise "the theatre" for drama). "The film" or "the movie" is a cinematic work ("Citizen Kane is the film showing at the Roxy") or a particular screening of same ("The film starts at 7 pm"). Of course "the movies" can be the plural of "the movie" ("Citizen Kane and The Magnificent Ambersons are the movies I saw last week"); but (this is the point that some commenters seem to be unaware of) it can also equate to "the cinema" meaning filmdom in general.
"We are going to the movies" is equivalent to "We are going to the cinema," meaning to take part in a cinematic experience. It does not signify more than one film, nor, in spite of the definite article (as with "the theatre"), does it refer to any specific film.
Similarly: "I am going to the mountains in August" does not mean you are going to more than one mountain, and "I am watching the playoffs tonight" does not mean you are watching more than one playoff.
By the way, English does not normally use the simple present ("we go") to announce a particular plan. We say "We are going ..." The simple present can be used to describe a pattern or habit, as in "We go to the movies every Friday night" or "We go to the cinema when we can find a baby-sitter."
I would not use "we go", but I would use "movie" in this sentence. Yes "movies" is more common, but I grew up in a one screen town (now they have none) so we always used singular. I'm only going to see one specific movie anyway. I would not say "I want to go see the movies", I would say "I want to go see the movie". Same idea.
I'm from the midwest U.S.
Hola JohnnyKlase: OK, I apologize if you thought I was rude. I would just like to recommend that you be more specific in your posts instead of just one or two word phrases that don't make sense. There are many of who are ready to help and try to answer legitimate questions about Spanish, if we know what your question is, instead of just "I'm not sure" or "Your question" (on this page< and you do it on other pages, too). Gracias.
This is how the words "movie" and "movies" have been used for at least many decades: movie [moo-vee] http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/movie noun 1. motion picture. 2. motion-picture theater (often preceded by the): The movie is next-door to the hardware store. 3. movies. motion pictures, as an industry (usually preceded by the): The movies have had to raise prices. motion pictures, as a genre of art or entertainment: gangster movies. the exhibition of a motion pictures: an evening at the movies.
I think the answer is that when you're going to "the movies" is a phrase that means the movie theater or cinema. But going to a movie means going to see a particular film. Isn't the Spanish word for movie/film "pelicula" (accent over the "i" which I can't do with my keyboard in this post)? If so, that helps explain why cine doesn't mean "movie" -- they have a different word for a particular movie than for indicating the place where movies are shown.
I would say "movie" also Susanna. Grew up in a one screen town.
At least jls277 gives a reason why this may be. I need to ask my friend. I keep using "cine" with him because I can remember it. He kindly responds with "pelicula" in our conversations. This may be why. Thanks jls277.