Definition of cinematheque in English:

cinematheque

Syllabification: cin·e·ma·theque
Pronunciation: /ˈsinəməˌtek
 
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noun

  • 1A motion-picture library or archive.
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    • The National Archives, the National Library and individual cinematheques were doing preservation work, but it was all government-funded.
    • From the early 1990s, the director campaigned to create a cinematheque on the site of the museum's car park.
    • It's dredged up from the imaginary cinematheque of Maddin's own mind.
  • 2A small movie theater, especially one that shows avant-garde or classic movies.
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    • I saw the film at the Film Forum, which is a kind of cinematheque with a hip, sophisticated young audience, downtown.
    • A daily cinematheque showcases other films Conner selected, and in some cases re-edited, for this exhibition.
    • I hope to get a small distributor and look forward to lots of festival, cinematheque and museum screenings with small but appreciative audiences.

Origin

1960s: from French cinémathèque, from cinéma 'cinema', on the pattern of bibliothèque 'library'.

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