cinematheque

[ sin-uh-muh-tek ]
/ ˌsɪn ə məˈtɛk /

noun

a motion-picture 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

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
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British Dictionary definitions for cinematheque

cinematheque
/ (ˌsɪnɪməˈtɛk) /

noun

a small intimate cinema

Word Origin for cinematheque

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