I saw a video (of a band performing on a stage, typical "live performance", inside a theatre) which had this title:

(Band name), Live at (Town) Theatre

But it occured to me that in might fit:

(Band name), Live in (Town) Theatre

One of my peers also pointed out (NOTE: None of us is a native speaker!) that 's should be there, which would lead to two more "options":

(Band name), Live at (Town)'s Theatre

(Band name), Live in (Town)'s Theatre

Which one is the "proper" way of saying it ?

Bonus question: "Theatre"/"Theater" ? I read there is no actual difference other than the former being enGB and the latter being enUS ?

  • I'd also like to rant (in a comment, since it's only marginally relevant) about it being hard to distinguish "live" as in "live performance" from "live" as in "to live somewhere" when using google... – Alex Jun 6 '14 at 12:11
  • No, we use "at" for this. You'd use "in" if it were the area/town being named rather than the building. Yes re the spelling of "theatre". As for the apostrophe-s, I think that just depends on what the name of the theatre actually is. – Rupe Jun 6 '14 at 12:14

[band name] is performing live at [theatre's name] Example: Iron maiden is performing at Air Canada Centre


[band name] is performing live in [country]

Iron Maiden is performing in Japan

  • Spot on, thanks for the examples. (up the irons) – Alex Jun 6 '14 at 14:33
  • Up the irons \m/ – gkmohit Jun 6 '14 at 15:03

When you are mentioning a city/town name , then 'in' should be used but when you are mentioning a particular place within the city or town then 'at' should be used.

  • So if I understand correctly, live *IN* that town / live *AT* that place (inside the town) but not live *AT* that place (inside of town) ? – Alex Jun 6 '14 at 13:09
  • Yes , you live in New York but you stay at your place. – Veronica Diamond Jun 6 '14 at 13:45

It should be 'Live at Theater' NOT 'Live in Theater'. Compare this with 'Live in London" but not 'Live at London'

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