Cinema Jenin

Cinema Jenin is a movie theater in the Palestinian city of Jenin, located in the West Bank.

Cinema Jenin before renovations

The new building features plush seating that can accommodate more than 300 people, an outdoor café, art gallery space, a children's park and playground, and a library that is sponsored by the German Goethe-Institut. The library and cinema will offer cultural exhibitions and German language classes.[1] It replaced a cinema that closed in 1987.[1]

The cinema is located in the heart of the city, next to the old church, the market (suq) and the main transportation routes.[citation needed] The old cinema had 250 seats on the first floor and another 200 on a balcony.[citation needed]

The cinema is not without its critics. Many Palestinians boycotted the cinema, claiming that unmarried men and women slept together in the cinema's guest house, and drank alcohol there. Audience numbers dwindled. Following death threats that were circulated in the mosques in early 2011, many foreign nationals were evacuated from the Cinema Jenin project, at the request of their governments.[citation needed]

The projectEdit

The renovation was carried out as an international charitable effort intended to encourage a culture of cinema-going for the inhabitants of Jenin by showing films of various genres, including fiction films, documentaries, comedies, children’s films, Arabic classics and contemporary movies.[1]

It is planned to have six screenings along with other activities every day. A website has been created to present the various activities of the cinema. Workshops in film making, computers and English will also be offered at the cinema.[citation needed]

The German Government (Auswärtiges Amt) is sponsoring Cinema Jenin with a large donation (press release in German).

The Jenin cinema reopened in August 2010.[1] For the grand reopening they showed a movie called The Heart Of Jenin.

In 2011, Maurizio Fantoni Minnella shot Tonight on Jenin, a documentary about the experience of the cinema and Jenin's inhabitants. The documentary is part of Palestinian Quadrilogy.

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  1. ^ a b c d "Jenin cinema opens to fanfare Archived 2014-07-24 at the Wayback Machine", 7 August 2010, Ma'an News Agency.