I went to the cinema in May and it was on then.
What exactly does "it was on" mean in the sentence above? Does it mean it was on theaters? or it was a hit back then?
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It means that the film being discussed was showing in the movie theatres back in May.
"Hello, Berkeley Cinemas here."
- "Hi. Can you tell me what's on tonight please?"
"The Desolation of Smaug. Showings at 5.00 and 8.00pm."