Going to the pictures

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It has been established that the phrase "going to the pictures" can still be used to mean to attend a cinematic moving picture viewing, however much some people may think it to be antiquated. If you are South African a perfectly acceptable, possibly even preferable, idiom is "going to the bioscope".

It also apparently has an alternative meaning describing something which has ceased to be, as in "that Norwegian blue parrot has gone to the pictures".