The Theater is a menu feature appearing in many games in the Kirby series. It sometimes needs to be unlocked by fulfilling certain requirements, such as through completing a game's story mode.
The Theater allows the player to watch story clips and cutscenes from the game anytime he or she wishes to. Most cutscenes in the Theater need to be unlocked through viewing them while playing the game, while others are unlocked through completing the game 100%. While Kirby's Dream Collection: Special Edition does not have a Theater option, it does contain a feature called 'Kirby's History'; this feature allows players to watch short clips from every Kirby game (excluding Kirby's Toy Box) and three Kirby: Right Back at Ya! episodes. In the Japanese version, the player can read various editions of Kirby manga in this feature as well.
Kirby: Planet Robobot is the first game in the series in which certain cutscenes do not progress unless the player scrolls through dialogue using the A Button. Some games, such as Kirby: Squeak Squad, allow the player to speed through text using the A Button, but still progress if the player does nothing.