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Sign: Netanya - Heritage Sites in Israel - Esther Cinema


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Kikar HaAtsmaut, Netanya, Israel
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סמל המועצה לשימור אתרי מורשת בישראל
סמל העיר נתניה
סמל החברה הממשלתית לתיירות (סמל ישן)

קולנוע אסתר
בית התרבות הראשון בנתניה הוקם ב-1936 ביוזמה פרטית של לבנון. המבנה נחנך באופן רשמי במסיבת הסיום של מחזור א’ של בוגרי בית הספר ביאליק, שהיה בית הספר הראשון במושבה. בבית הקולנוע היו 800 מקומות ישיבה והוא שימש גם כבית תרבות וכאולם נשפים. במשך שנים רבות היה למוקד חיי התרבות במושבה שהייתה לעיר. כשנערך במקום נשף הוציאו את הכיסאות, שהיו ניתנים לשליפה, ויצרו רחבה גדולה. בעת הקרנת סרט, מסך הקולנוע הורד לחזית הבמה. ליד המקרין ישב המדובב, והוא הקרין את התרגום בצד התמונה. מרתף בית הקולנוע, שהיה מתחת לבמה שימש כמקום מסתור ראשוני למעפילים שהיגוע לחוף, שלמרגלות המצוק ובית הקולנוע. משם פונו ליישובים ברחבי הארץ.

Symbol of the Council for the Preservation of Israeli Heritage Sites
Netanya city emblem
The emblem of the Government Tourism Company (old symbol)

Esther Cinema
Founded in 1936 by a private concern, the Esther Cinema was Netanya’s first cultural center. The building’s inauguration event took place together with the first graduation ceremony of the Bialik School, the first school in the settlement.

The cinema boasted 800 seats, and it was used both as a cultural center and banquet hall. When a banquet took place, the seats were removed and a large, free space was formed.

For the screening of a movie, a screen was lowered at the front of the stage. Someone sat next to the projectionist, screening the translation next to the moving picture.

In the basement of the cinema, under the stage, was a hiding place used by the first illegal immigrants arriving on Israel’s beaches. From this hiding place, the immigrants were transferred to settlements around the country.
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The sign shape is rectangular but its head is designed according to the silhouette of the old building of the Gymnasia Herzliya, which serves as a logo of the Council for the Preservation of Heritage Sites in Israel

The building was photographed that day Click for a larger image Click for a larger image Click for a larger image

In front of the building is a sign indicating the fact that it is a gathering place for illegal immigrants to Mandate Palestine Click for sign's details




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