In many countries around the world, the word "cinema" is used when talking about the entertainment provided by film viewed in a theater, but in the United States, Americans generally prefer the word "movie" over "film" or "cinema."
- Let’s go see a movie.
- Barb and Don went to the movies.
The word "cinema" is used for films or movies that fall into the category of art.
- Our local cinema is showing Fellini’s 8 1/2.
- Tyrone is studying cinema in college.
- He’s a cinema major. (Or…He’s a film major.)
- I’m reading a very interesting book about the history of French cinema.
- Kate and Edward share a love for bad cinema.
The word "cinema," or various forms of it, is also commonly used in the name of a business that shows movies:
- Cinema 18 has 18 screens.
- We saw a movie at Cinema Six.
- The Cineplex charges only five dollars for matinees. (A matinee is movie that is featured early in the day at a reduced cost.)
- Cinema City shows movies 24 hours a day.
The word "cinematic" is an adjective:
- Better seating improves the cinematic experience.
- The release of three new Star Wars movies promises new cinematic adventures.
- Tyrone has learned a lot about cinematic techniques from his professors.
He’s always wanted to be a film maker, so he studied cinema in college.
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June 3, 2015