Lilenblum Street 2 - 4,
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Located in the now gentrified Neve Tzedek district of Tel Aviv which has some of the earliest buildings in Tel Aviv. The Eden Cinema dates from the turn of the 20th century and was one of the earliest cinemas to be built in the city.
The Eden Cinema was used as a live venue when it hosted ‘La Traviata’, the debut performance by the then newly formed Palestine Opera on 28th July 1923 as no suitable performance space was available at the time. Famed Russian conductor Mordechai Golinkin set up the Palestine Opera, which today is known as the New Israeli Opera.
On 4th and 5th March 1940, during times of unrest there are reports of a student dying from injuries sustained in a baton charge and a bomb exploding outside the Eden and Orient Cinemas which caused no casualities. Crowds attempt to burn down the Eden Cinema and barricade the street, but were dispersed by troops and police.
The building today is owned by the Bank-Leumi who I believe use it as a back-up to a computer bank center in Lood.
Any further information on this most historic cinema would be appreciated.
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