Asty Cinema

Korai 4,
Athens

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Located in the centre of Athens, in the Omonia district close to the Parliament building. The Asty Cinema was a basement cinema. During World War II, a room in the basement was used by the Gestapo as a torture chamber.

The Asty Cinema was petrol bombed by rioters on 12th February 2012, and the fire caused extreme damage. Until it was set afire by the rioters, the single screen Asty Cinema, showed art house films, mostly foreign language movies.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on February 13, 2012 at 4:31 am

The Atsy on fire February 12, 2012 in the 3rd photo here http://www.thecambodiaherald.com/world/detail/2?page=17&token=YTdlNWZlNzNhZWJiM2FmZDEwMDEwZmJkZTMxYmE1

2003 photo of signage http://www.flickr.com/photos/straybear/51361332/

JHJHJH
JHJHJH on February 13, 2012 at 5:08 am

what year is known narrow hill theater business?

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on February 13, 2012 at 5:19 am

I don’t understand your comment as to “known narrow hill”

JHJHJH
JHJHJH on February 13, 2012 at 5:25 am

sorry, my English is not very good, I mean if you know the closing date of this cinema?

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on February 13, 2012 at 8:51 am

I believe it was still an open cinema, until the riots yesterday.

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on February 13, 2012 at 9:32 am

Larger resolution photo from Reuters than linked in 1st post above- http://reuters.tumblr.com/post/17505964169/a-cinema-is-burning-out-during-anti-austerity

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on February 13, 2012 at 12:00 pm

This article states the rioters yesterday said they wouldn’t burn down the theater or shops if the owners gave them money: http://www.keeptalkinggreece.com/2012/02/13/athens-rioters-asked-money-in-order-not-to-burn-down-shops/

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