cin·​e·​ma·​theque ˌsi-nə-mə-ˈtek How to pronounce cinematheque (audio)
: a small movie house specializing in avant-garde films

Examples of cinematheque in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Prestigious institutions like Cineteca di Bologna, a world leader in film preservation, and other major European cinematheques, as well as specialist private outfits like Films du Jeudi, have attended the Rendez-vous. Lise Pedersen, Variety, 21 Oct. 2023 The organization — part pop-up cinematheque, part artists’ cooperative — distributed experimental films by now-famous directors like Hammer, Clarke and Peggy Ahwesh. Sean Malin, New York Times, 2 Sep. 2023 After his meeting with Il Papa, Scorsese is set to put on a master class for a Roman film school and to attend a retrospective of his films at Rome’s Casa del Cinema cinematheque. Vulture, 29 May 2023 With the exchanges and collaborative efforts among foundations, archives and cinematheques, the realm of film conservation offers a model of international cooperation. Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter, 4 Mar. 2023 However much has been lost, glimpses of the vaults at the Library of Congress and the voluminous holdings in archives and cinematheques around the world are daunting: That’s a lot of material to keep at optimal temperature. Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter, 4 Mar. 2023 The film programs are especially welcome not just because nothing celebrates moving images better than movies themselves, but also because these screenings fill a yawning gap left when the neighboring Los Angeles County Museum of Art gutted its vaunted cinematheque back in 2009. David Mermelstein, WSJ, 5 Jan. 2022 These giddy delights often turn up on the great virtual American cinematheque, TCM. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 15 Aug. 2022 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

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1965, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cinematheque was in 1965

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“Cinematheque.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

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