One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A motion-picture library or archive.
- ‘From the early 1990s, the director campaigned to create a cinematheque on the site of the museum's car park.’
- ‘It's dredged up from the imaginary cinematheque of Maddin's own mind.’
- ‘The National Archives, the National Library and individual cinematheques were doing preservation work, but it was all government-funded.’
2A small movie theater, especially one that shows avant-garde or classic movies.
- ‘He attends the cinematheque she loved so that he can tell her about the movies he sees.’
- ‘The program is co-ordinated by Metro Cinema, a not-for-profit cinematheque dedicated to promoting Canadian and international independent film.’
- ‘After dinner we went back to Fed Square to see A Tale of Springtime screened at cinematheque as part of the Eric Rohmer retrospective that's taking place over the next few weeks.’
- ‘A daily cinematheque showcases other films Conner selected, and in some cases re-edited, for this exhibition.’
- ‘I saw the film at the Film Forum, which is a kind of cinematheque with a hip, sophisticated young audience, downtown.’
- ‘Approximately 3,000 square metres of commercial, retail and function space were proposed, in addition to the cinematheque.’
- ‘In 1999, a single print resurfaced in a French cinematheque, where it played in a regular late-night Rocky Horror Picture Show-style revue.’
- ‘I hope to get a small distributor and look forward to lots of festival, cinematheque and museum screenings with small but appreciative audiences.’
1960s: from French cinémathèque, from cinéma ‘cinema’, on the pattern of bibliothèque ‘library’.
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