One of the signs posted by the Department of Site Preservation in Petah Tikva Municipality, which indicates buildings or places that are part of the citys history.
The cinema was filmed that day Click for a larger image
The box office area with the names of the last three films that were screened Click for a larger image Translation of the text on the sign
: Heichal Cinema
In the courtyard of the Beit Hapoalim, a cornerstone was laid for the theater of the Hapoalim Council in March 1934, with a desire to take advantage of the conditions of the area.
After discussions it was decided to build a cinema with an open roof to give the feeling of an open compound.
On May 6, 1937, the Heichal Cinema was inaugurated in the presence of many residents and the public.
The hall contained 1200 seats, the roof can be opened.
A stage was also set up for plays and events. The hall was built on Jewish National Fund land.
At the end of the construction, an agreement was signed with private developers to operate the hall during the week, while on Fridays and Saturdays it will be operated by the Workers Council.
This reality caused great resentment and irritation among the public, not only the religious in the city, who even complained to the JNF that the cinema was being built on their land. After a while, the activity was stopped on Saturday.
During the 1980s, the winds in the city rose again, due to the opening of the cinema on Saturday.
Demonstrations and protests were held by the ultra-Orthodox and religious public.
The Heichal Cinema ceased to operate in the early 2000s.
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