Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A small movie theater showing classic or avant-garde films.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A film archive with small cinemas, screening classic and art-house films.

Etymologies

French cinémathèque, blend of cinéma, cinema; see cinema, and (biblio)thèque, library (from Latin bibliotheca; see bibliotheca).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
French cinémathèque (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Alonso invited Misael and Vargas to Buenos Aires because he wanted to shoot how they fit into the cinematheque, which is a building that -- though it means little to anyone else -- means a lot to the people of Buenos Aires, and especially to him.

    Twitch

  • In the early days I thought of ourselves more as a cinematheque and maybe we had some interest in occasionally showcasing a new film to highlight it, in a buzzmaking fashion.

    Turnstyle: Smaller Is Better: New Models for the Indie Film Market

  • Cinematheque Francaise Until Aug. 1 www. cinematheque.fr Art

    Time Off Europe

  • I just saw this last night at our local cinematheque.

    Cool Stuff: The House of the Devil VHS Tape / DVD Combo Pack | /Film

  • The Hopefully Near Future: "Perhaps the most intriguing promise these [video-on-demand] sites hold, at least for those whose interest in film extends beyond the new, the recent and the aggressively hyped, is of a kind of virtual cinematheque," writes AO Scott.

    GreenCine Daily: NYT on online viewing.

  • I saw this at the cinematheque in Paris in 2003 but it was unsubtitled.

    The U.S. Premiere of Les Idoles (1968)

  • We are approaching an almost Borgesian situation in which a global, virtual cinematheque will be available at the spin of an iPod wheel or the click of a mouse.

    Slate's Movie Club

  • So, here's the best compliment I can pay Rian Johnson's debut film, Brick: my friend Hagay and I drove to Jerusalem an hour's drive, where the film was playing as part of the Jerusalem film festival, battled the city's unfamiliar streets and mid-day traffic, paid an exorbitant amount of money for a parking place that turned out to be a ten minute walk away from the cinematheque, and missed the film's first few minutes.

    Archive 2006-07-01

  • Comprehensively stocked video shop in Film Snob – choked Chicago, renowned for its array of foreign titles and Francophile pretensions; it prefers to be known as a “videotheque,” not a store, and its adjunct theater — which offers “cinechats” with such visiting directors as GUY MADDIN and PETER GREENAWAY — is called a “cinematheque.”

    The Film Snob's Dictionary, Volume 3

  • Catch the best Canadian flicks of 2011 as chosen by critics, filmmakers, festival programmers and other industry pros at Canada's Top Ten - this year featuring fantastic films by Jason Eisener, Guy Maddin, Sarah Polley, Ken Scott and more, as well as 10 colourful shorts at Pacific Cinémathèque until Jan. 29, cinematheque.bc.ca.

    The Globe and Mail - Home RSS feed

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