cin·​e·​ma·​theque | \ ˌsi-nə-mə-ˈtek How to pronounce cinematheque (audio) \

Definition of cinematheque

: a small movie house specializing in avant-garde films

Examples of cinematheque in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Fullerton Avenue cinematheque managed to weather an approximate 50 percent drop in revenue during the worst of the 2020 pandemic closures. Michael Phillips,, 22 Dec. 2020 While at boarding school Tavernier eagerly gobbled up films at small cinematheques with names like the California, the Florida, the Far West. Michael Phillips,, 6 July 2017 Why clutter your shelves with special editions of last year’s blockbusters when a whole mobile cinematheque is a few clicks and swipes away? A. O. Scott And Manohla Dargis, New York Times, 29 Apr. 2016

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First Known Use of cinematheque

1965, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cinematheque

French cinémathèque film library, from cinéma + -thèque (as in bibliothèque library)

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“Cinematheque.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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