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I'd like to know what is meant by "go out for a movie". Does it mean "go to a cinema to see a movie", or does it mean "go out to buy/rent a movie"?

If you ask me "What are you doing tonight?", and I reply by saying "I'm going out for a movie tonight.", how would you understand my statement?

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    It could be either. Context will determine how it's understood
    – gotube
    Sep 15, 2021 at 6:50

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In the US, at least, "go out for a movie" almost certainly means "going to [go] see/watch a movie [in a theater]," which would be the default description. In addition to "I'm going to go out for a movie," one might informally say, "I'm going to go catch a movie." (Compare via Ngrams.)

Before around 2015, it might possibly have meant "going to [go] rent/get a movie." With the spread of streaming online entertainment, however, I think the latter custom has because obsolete (again, in the US).

Nowadays, I would definitely conclude that you're going to watch a movie in a theater.

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