cinematheque

[sin-uh-muh-tek]
noun
a motion-picture theater, often part of a university or private archive, showing experimental or historically important films.
Also, cinémathèque [French see-ney-ma-tek] .


Origin:
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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cinematheque (ˌsɪnɪməˈtɛk)
 
n
a small intimate cinema
 
[C20: from French cinémathèque film library, from cinema + (biblio)thèque library]

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