[ sin-uh-muh-tek ]
/ ˌsɪn ə məˈtɛk /


a motion-picture theater, often part of a university or private archive, showing experimental or historically important films.
Also cin·é·ma·thèque [French see-ney-ma-tek] /French si neɪ maˈtɛk/.

Origin of cinematheque

1965–70; < French cinémathèque film archive, equivalent to cinéma- prefixal use of cinéma cinema + -thèque, as in bibliothèque library, discothèque collection of phonograph records; see theca Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for cinematheque


/ (ˌsɪnɪməˈtɛk) /


a small intimate cinema

Word Origin for cinematheque

C20: from French cinémathèque film library, from cinema + (biblio) thèque library
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