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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
arts cinema
hotel/theatre/cinema etc foyer
▪ We used to joke that she was named after a local cinema.
▪ This might be almost as entertaining as Godzilla Meets Bambi, at my local cinema.
▪ They liked violent, even pornographic films, and there was one at the local cinema.
▪ Back in her home town of Leeds she patronized the local cinema which alternated art and porno movies.
▪ Even the local cinema has closed.
▪ Competition leaflets are available in your local Rank cinema - this could be your chance to win a holiday of a lifetime.
▪ Mrs Stych's mind wandered as the voices droned on and the current film at the local drive-in cinema was condemned.
▪ The multiplex cinema is another sign of the decade.
▪ It will eventually feature a nightclub, restaurant, retail units and multiplex cinema.
▪ His use of location shooting, natural lighting, and lay actors stood in total contrast to the older expressionist cinema.
▪ Is their responsibility to art cinema or are they mortgaged to the Hollywood estate?
▪ This shift to figural and postmodern films has also taken place in art cinema.
▪ However, after a few weeks, cinema audiences dropped dramatically and the moment of truth arrived.
▪ Only Hollywood can talk about cinema audiences in general.
▪ An ambitious task ... but they're convinced the combination of suspense and high flying drama will bring in the cinema audiences.
▪ Evidence suggests that cinema audiences are more receptive to advertising - although numbers are limited.
▪ During the past decade, cinema audiences had evaporated like snow on a hotplate.
▪ He is capable of rages near to those on-screen moments when he can scare the living daylights out of a cinema audience.
▪ The West End and even cinema audiences were tiny compared to the huge passive mass of armchair viewers.
▪ But Mr Norman rules the roost in the film field with a regular 4 million audience, twice the weekly cinema audience.
▪ Behind the scenes, cinema chains enjoy the economies of centralised purchasing and have utilised computers to track inventory and prevent spoilage.
▪ In Lloyd the accused had cinema films copied to be sold as videos and returned them.
▪ Film theorists first put forward the proposition that the construction of the spectator in mainstream cinema is gendered.
▪ It's open late, and has a massive outdoor cinema screen.
▪ Some one who's brilliant on the cinema screen isn't necessarily a good talk show guest.
▪ David's shadow crossing the cinema screen had only irritated those towards the back of the cinema.
▪ Life was a cinema screen, in an infinite darkness.
▪ A cinema screen fills the small stage of the Cottesloe, framed by steel scaffolding and lit with red beacons.
▪ Before they parted May told her friend she was going to the cinema but she never left her house again.
▪ During the six-day fast, weddings were postponed, and most Hindus refrained from going to cinemas, theaters, and restaurants.
▪ One night three of us decided to go to the cinema.
▪ I Pressed home the usual arguments about duty and not fighting the war for the privilege of going to the cinema.
▪ Suppose everyone buys meals, but only the rich can afford to go to the cinema.
▪ Chang had got his start when Dan Merkel went into cinema.
▪ To beguile some of the time in Malvern, they went to the cinema.
▪ Regularly you went to the cinema.
▪ As I left the cinema I was seized in an irresistible spasm of shivering.
▪ When they had left the cinema, they found it had been raining so Yanto decided the standing position would be favourite.
▪ Too soon, I was out on the other side, dazzled, like a man leaving a cinema in the afternoon.
▪ There are already plans to make the £26,000 jingle into a hit single and show the ad in cinemas.
▪ It will be shown in special Imax cinemas around the world.
▪ Yet it has never been shown in cinemas or on television.
▪ The 60-second commercial is now being shown at cinemas following the launch of Alien 3 across the country.
▪ Films, whether shown in public cinemas or cinema clubs, were brought within the scope of the Obscene Publications Act 1959.
▪ On the afternoon of the Latin exam, a very good film was being shown at the neighbouring cinema to my school.
▪ D"rrie is an important director in German cinema.
▪ Television and videos are replacing trips to the cinema.
▪ the MGM cinema in Leicester Square
▪ All that Sunday he had brooded on the episode in the cinema.
▪ He appears to be offering a total cinema in which technique, story, social setting, and spiritual values came together.
▪ Or rediscover the drama of the big screen at one of Brighton's luxury cinemas.
▪ The main purpose of Levin's article, however, is to reclaim Debord for the aesthetic discourse of avant-garde cinema.
▪ They liked violent, even pornographic films, and there was one at the local cinema.
▪ To beguile some of the time in Malvern, they went to the cinema.
▪ Which 1956 film caused riots in cinemas all over the world? 02.
▪ Who goes to orchestral concerts, who goes to opera, to ballet, to the cinema?
The Collaborative International Dictionary

cinema \cinema\ n.

  1. the art of creating motion pictures; as, this story would be good cinema; -- often used in the phrase the cinema.

    Syn: the film.

  2. a theater where motion pictures are shown.

    Syn: movie theater, movie theatre, movie house, picture palace.

  3. same as motion picture. [Chiefly Brit.]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1899, "a movie hall," from French cinéma, shortened from cinématographe "motion picture projector and camera," coined 1890s by Lumiere brothers, who invented it, from Latinized form of Greek kinemat-, comb. form of kinema "movement," from kinein "to move" (see cite) + graphein "to write" (see -graphy). Meaning "movies collectively, especially as an art form" recorded by 1914. Cinéma vérité is 1963, from French.


n. 1 (context countable English) A film. 2 (context countable English) A movie theatre, a movie house 3 (context film uncountable English) Film or movies as a group. 4 (context film uncountable English) The film and movie industry.

  1. n. a medium that disseminates moving pictures; "theater pieces transferred to celluloid"; "this story would be good cinema"; "film coverage of sporting events" [syn: film, celluloid]

  2. a theater where films are shown [syn: movie theater, movie theatre, movie house, picture palace]


Cinema may refer to:

  • Film, a series of still images which, when shown on a screen, creates the illusion of moving image
    • Film industry
    • Filmmaking, the process of making a film
  • Movie theater (or Cinema (building)), a building in which films are shown
  • Cinema (2008 film) or Bommalattam, a Tamil film
  • Cinema (TV channel), a defunct Scandinavian movie-channel
  • Cinema 4D, a 3D-graphics application
Cinema (band)

Cinema was a short-lived progressive rock band started in January 1982 by former Yes members Alan White and Chris Squire, with guitarist Trevor Rabin. The previous year, Squire and White had formed the abortive band XYZ with former Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page. Cinema had plans to release their debut album in 1983, and were working on a number of songs, most of which had been written by Rabin.

Later, these musicians were joined by keyboardist Tony Kaye and, eventually, Jon Anderson, both founding members of the then-disbanded Yes. They started recording the album 90125, but soon after this the band dropped the "Cinema" name, and continued as "Yes".

Demos produced from the Cinema sessions included " Make It Easy" and "It's Over", with lead vocals by Rabin, and an early version of " It Can Happen" featuring Squire on vocals. The tracks appeared on 1991's Yesyears box set compilation, and were later included as bonus tracks on the remastered version of 90125 released in 2004 by Rhino Records.

An instrumental song from 90125 was titled " Cinema" as a tribute to the aborted band.

Cinema (Nazareth album)

Cinema is the sixteenth album by the Scottish hard rock band Nazareth, released in 1986 through Vertigo Records.

Cinema (Elaine Paige album)

Cinema is the fourth solo album by Elaine Paige. The album was released in 1984 on Warner Music, peaking at #12 in the UK album charts. It has been re-issued on CD.

Cinéma (Paola di Medico song)

"Cinéma" (Cinema) was the Swiss entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 1980, performed in French by Paola Del Medico.

The song recollects the childhood of the singer, when she loved the cinema, the lights and the heroes of the cinema (such as Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland, Charlie Chaplin, Fred Astaire, Buster Keaton, Mickey Mouse and Walt Disney).

The song was performed 9th on the night, following Sweden's Tomas Ledin with " Just nu!" and preceding Finland's Vesa-Matti Loiri with " Huilumies". At the close of voting, it had received 104 points, placing 4th in a field of 19.

It was succeeded as Swiss representative at the 1981 Contest by Peter, Sue and Marc with " Io senza te".

Category:1980 songs Category:Eurovision songs of 1980 Category:Eurovision songs of Switzerland Category:French-language songs Category:Songs written by Véronique Müller

Cinema (The Cat Empire album)

Cinema is the fifth studio album of eclectic Australian band, The Cat Empire. It was released in Australia on 25 June 2010 by EMI and débuted at No. 3 on the ARIA Albums Chart. The work was co-produced by Steve Schram with the group.

Cinema (Yes song)

"Cinema" is an instrumental by the progressive rock band Yes, from their 1983 album, 90125. In 1985 it won the Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance, the band's only Grammy.

Cinema (Andrea Bocelli album)

Cinema is the fifteenth studio album by Italian classical tenor recording artist Andrea Bocelli.

The album featuring renditions of classic film soundtracks and scores, was released on October 23, 2015 through Sugar Music and Universal Music Group.

Cinema (Benny Benassi song)

"Cinema" is a song by Italian DJ and electro house music producer Benny Benassi and British recording artist and songwriter Gary Go. The song was written by Gary Go with music produced by Benny and Alle Benassi. It was released on 8 March 2011 by Ultra Records and All Around the World, on Benny Benassi's fourth studio album Electroman. Fans first picked up on the song after it was included in the hit video game, Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit. The single EP featured several remixes by Skrillex, Laidback Luke, Alex Gaudino & Jason Rooney, and Congo Rock. The Skrillex remix went on to become a hit in its own right, staying in iTunes US Dance Top 10 for over six months after its release, and winning a 2012 Grammy Award for Best Remixed Recording. An instrumental version was most recently featured in the debut trailer for the video game, Sonic Lost World. The song has, as of November 2013, been viewed/played over 200 million times on YouTube.

Usage examples of "cinema".

People paid good money to see dogs just like him in cinemas all over the world.

I went out through the swing doors again and turned right, the way Alsa had gone, walking until I found the cinema.

I tried to think of some reason, any reason, why Alsa might have gone alone to the cinema, but nothing suggested itself.

It had occurred to me that Alsa might have left something in the cinema deliberately, but all this stuff was ordinary, the litter of a passing trade.

American movies with their shallow emptiness of spirit began crowding Clavie and Depardieu and the treasure of France, Deneuve, from the cinemas.

He devoured the exciting feuilleton stories in the evening papers he vended, and spent his spare pennies at the cinema theatres in the vicinity of his poor home.

She catalogued her town: a library, four pharmacies, three banks, a gymnasium for power-lifting and another that metamorphosed into a billiard hall, a market twice a week, a hypermarket that had opened with feathery widgeon stuffed in the freezer and now sold frozen pizza, a cordon of new pink apartment buildings and cinema on Fridays.

Along with Figg and Sade, other celebrities flocked to eat at the Greenhouse, some of them hoping to score an invitation to the party -- stars like Rudy Roloway and Luscious Pixie, superstar cinema actors freshly married for the third time.

Rosalia set up a first-aid station in the office of the former Elite Cinema and the local Defence Committee invited me to work there as a nurse, Rosalia having told them that I had some experience in nursing sick people.

He still paid her housekeeping although she did not keep house, dividing her time between tattling with her friends, television, the cinema and the bingo hall.

Bruno Kretschmar becomes obsessed with cinema usherette Magda Peters, she turns her natural instincts as a courtesan to good effect and forces him to leave his wife and daughter.

The whifflers placed a plant stand, quite well made but modern and therefore dross, in the circle, and stepped away while the disc rose like an ancient cinema organ from the floor until it reached my eye-level, four feet away.

She had a blameless reputation, and when they inquired from her aunt how she had spent her holiday time they found that it had consisted of innocent visits to the cinema and country bus-rides.

This entertainment, he thought, was free, matutinal, and the real nittygritty stuff of life, three advantages it had over the cinema.

The best place for his purpose, he realized, would be a cinema, assuming that the ten monits still in his pocket would be enough to pay for an admission ticket.