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The Kinagoga was built in the mid to late-19th century as a Jewish synagogue for what was then the town of Czernowitz, Romania. During World War II, the synagogue was badly damaged by a fire set by the Nazis who probably annihilated the community it once served.

After the war, the area became part of Ukraine and the town was renamed Chernovtsy. With much (if not all) of the Jewish population exterminated, the repaired building became a movie house and is known as the Kinagoga – a mixture of the words Kino and Synagoga. The Kinagoga is now something of a rarety – a pre-World War II synagogue in this part of the world and the only known example of a synagogue turned into a movie theatre.

Contributed by Ross Melnick
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