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cinematheque

[ sin-uh-muh-tek ]
/ ˌsɪn ə məˈtɛk /
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noun

a movie theater, often part of a university or private archive, showing experimental or historically important films.

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Also cin·é·ma·thèque [French see-ney-ma-tek]. /French si neɪ maˈtɛk/.

Origin of cinematheque

First recorded in 1965–70; from French cinémathèque “film archive,” equivalent to cinéma- prefixal use of cinéma “films” + -thèque “things collected,” as in bibliothèque “library,” discothèque “collection of phonograph records”; see cinema, theca
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British Dictionary definitions for cinematheque

cinematheque
/ (ˌsɪnɪməˈtɛk) /

noun

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