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or house lights  (hous′līts′)
The lights that illuminate the audience section of a concert hall, theater, or auditorium.
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Noun1.houselights - lights that illuminate the audience's part of a theater or other auditorium
light source, light - any device serving as a source of illumination; "he stopped the car and turned off the lights"
theater light - any of various lights used in a theater
plural, plural form - the form of a word that is used to denote more than one
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As the houselights fade and the quaintly quirky overture from a live band, tinkles up from the pit (and very good they are too) you tend to wonder how much has changed since spring 1880 when it all began.
The accommodations include a quiet area for patrons who need a break during the performance; dimmed houselights; space for standing and movement; and limited crowds.
When evening drew its great, inky starlit drapery over the dirty-yellow houselights of Odessa, bats fluttered and swooped in the dank stench and rural gloom of the American heartland.
"The houselights would come up and it was over, and I had to quickly struggle to wipe away my tears before I got up and went into the street.
Here and there in the brushy slope of the ridgeline a few houselights blinked on like the eyes of night creatures watching her there in her stillness.
Then at 8:20 p.m., the houselights abruptly dimmed, and the stage lights came on.
7:30 All screens off and soon start winding down for bed, turning down the houselights, stretch, read, and hang out with your loved ones.
The eastern sky was like a blank movie screen from the days when theaters still left the screen blank before a movie started--aglow with a general receptivity, reflecting the houselights in amber triangles.
After sunset is finally complete and the houselights come back on, I see that most of the audience is changed, as well.
This will be trialled in May, June and July with the following films: Sunday, May 12 at 4.15pm - Star Trek: Into Darkness 2-D (12a tbc), normal prices Saturday, May 18 at 11am - Finding Nemo 2-D (U) at Odeon kids prices Sunday, June 16 at 4.15pm - Man Of Steel 2-D (12a tbc) at normal prices Saturday, June 29 at 11am - Odeon kids show with the film to be confirmed, but may well be The Croods Sunday, July 7 at 4.15pm - Despicable Me 2 2-D (U/PG-tbc) at normal prices All screenings are played with the houselights on mid level.
"The houselights are dimmed, candles are lit and the audience brings their centering breath and 'lyrics' of their own silent song, to set intention for the dark season, while a stream of wordless guitar surges forth with no interruption between musical pieces," a news release says.
With such repairmen at work, of course, the stage lights were bound to remain off, but the houselights came part way up for the fairies' dance.