bio-café, noun

Origin:
Compound of bio + café.
historical
A cinema-cum-tearoom, offering continuous film-screenings, at which patrons might enjoy light refreshments while seeing a film; cafe-bio; soppies; tearoom bio, tearoom bioscope, see tearoom sense 2. Also attributive. See also bioscope.
[1949 H.C. Bosman Cold Stone Jug (1969) 111And that evening I went into a bioscope café. And I went and sat down next to a girl...I was an ex-con and I was sitting next to her for an hour in a bioscope café, and she dressed all in pink.]
1990 Sunday Times 4 Mar. (Mag. Sect.) 64My grandfather owned one of the first movie houses in Johannesburg — the ‘Palm Court’...It became the ‘Tearoom Bioscope’ or Biocafé as they were known then...Sadly the 70’s saw the last of these biocafés, which became known as ‘fleapits’ at the end.
A cinema-cum-tearoom, offering continuous film-screenings, at which patrons might enjoy light refreshments while seeing a film; cafe-bio; soppies; tearoom bio, tearoom bioscope, see tearoom2. Also attributive.

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