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Nestled in a leafy avenue in German Colony, this independent one-screen art house and cinema hall is a hidden treasure. Its soft, blue chairs are made for comfortable movie watching and the cinema has a relaxed attitude towards food, allowing customers to take orders from the Smadar café, enjoy beer on tap and eat inside the hall during screenings. This theater mainly screens offbeat and foreign art films and displays its faith in the production by showing just one film at a time for several weeks.
Situated in Jerusalem's shopping mall, Gil is an American-style multiplex with a mountain of popcorn on sale as you walk in, along with cola, and a wide range of chocolate bars and other goodies. Its eight screens show mainly blockbusters and general release films. First screenings are typically at 11am and last screenings at around 9:30pm. Admission for evening films is USD5 and for day-time shows USD5.50. Note that credit cards can only be used for advance purchases of tickets (tel: 1 700 50 50 50). The ticket office at the cinema only accepts cash.
Perched on the scenic slopes of Mount Zion, Jerusalem's two-screen art house cinema is an institution. Its regular program includes foreign and specialty films along with general releases, typically screening four different films a day. Every July, it hosts the Jerusalem Film Festival - Israel's answer to Cannes. The Israel Film Archive is housed in the basement and boasts a collection of over 20,000 films, mainly of Jewish and Israeli origin. You can also attend workshops, courses and other cultural events. The in-house restaurant serves good quality Mediterranean snacks and meals.
Since 1973, it has offered two screens: one for mainstream artistic films, the other for retrospectives and premieres. Almost every month there is a different festival or season, be it 12 days of British films or a week of French cinema. The last Friday of every month is the "Pink Club" when gay films are shown. Its major events include: Doc Aviv documentary festival in March, the Israeli Academy awards in late summer and its student film festival.
As well as the impressive collection of art, the Tel Aviv Museum is a prestigious location for some of the best live performances in the country, from children's musical shows to British orchestra ensembles. Classical performances include works by Bach, Mattheis, Verdi, as well as Scottish and Scandinavian folk music. The Israeli Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company frequently performs colorful acts for children as well as narrative shows depicting classical tales. The cinema inside the theater favors international art-house productions from as far as Bhutan—an interesting counterbalance to the overload of Hollywood multiplexes.
Beware! The ticket office and cinemas are not located side-by-side, so arrive in good time for your film, to save wandering around the maze of the Dizengoff Center in a lost panic. The ticket office is on the top floor, closest to gate 7 and to arrive at one of the four screens, once you've bought your ticket, take the covered bridge that crosses Dizengoff Street and turn left at the end.The cinema screens a mixture of general release and arty films. There is a counter selling freshly squeezed juice, chocolate and soft drinks, or you can take food and alcohol from the adjacent Blue Bar into the cinema.
Located in the basement of the Dizengoff Center (by gate 3 or 7), this independant cinema offers an art-house selection of foreign films, dramas and comedies. Its three screens open for the first show at 11a and typically screen about six times a day, with the last show at 10p, except for Fridays when there is a midnight performance. Advance reservations are recommended for weekend shows (call +972 3 620 3303 for advance credit card bookings). The box office only accepts cash.
This six-screen multiplex is located next to the Dizengoff Fountain and screens general release movies, with a few special Saturday morning films for children. Chocolate, coke, popcorn and other typical cinema fare is available inside. During the week, shows run between 2p and 10p, but on Friday night there is an extra midnight showing.To make credit card bookings call 525 2244. Tickets are 27.5 NIS during the day and 29 NIS for evening shows. Advance tickets can be ordered by credit card on +972 3 525 2244.