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Jean est la personne qui était à la cinéma

Noun gender strikes again!
Cinéma is a masculine noun. cinémathèque (which no one uses) would be feminine.

Thus the above should be: Jean est la personne qui était au cinéma

Interesting side note:
"à la" roughly meaning "at the" for a feminine word is acceptable.
"à le" for a masculine word is incorrect. It is "au"
"à les" for plural nouns is also incorrect. It is "aux" with x denoting the plural

Il est à la maison - He is home
Ils vons au parc - They are going to the park
Il travail aux champs - He is working in the fields.

I haven't put this much thought in the language since high school!

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