Alhambra Cinema

Jerusalem Boulevard,
Tel Aviv

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Architects: Elias Al-Mor

Functions: Religious Services

Styles: Art Deco, Streamline Moderne

Previous Names: Yafo Cinema, Yafo Theatre

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Alhambra Cinema

Located in the South Tel-Aviv district of Yafo (Jaffa), the Alhambra Cinema was opened in 1937, and was designed by Lebanese architect Elias Al-Mor.

After the establishment of the State of Israel and the imposition of military rule, the Alhambra Cinema was taken over by Israelis and was re-named Yafo Cinema. It continued to operate as a cinema until 1963.

The building was then converted into a live theatre, and the stage was extended at the rear. This use ceased many years ago and the building became derelict, with only the entrance in use as a bank until 2007.

It was purchased by the Church of Scientology in 2010, and after a two years perior of renovation, was opened in August 2012 as the Ideal Center of Scientology for the Middle East.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

Recent comments (view all 5 comments)

irishcine on November 27, 2006 at 12:46 pm

Very interesting – not illustrated in the two books I have about interwar Tel Aviv! Anybody know if it still exists?

tim1 on October 27, 2008 at 2:53 am

The building is still standing, but very dilapidated. You can still the Alhambra sign on the tower. The frontage is occupied by a branch of the Israel Discount Bank.

Mike_Blakemore on August 30, 2012 at 2:30 pm

Have found old picture of Theatre during better times..

CSWalczak on August 30, 2012 at 10:13 pm

It has been converted to a Scientology Center: View article

Mike_Blakemore on September 28, 2012 at 2:15 pm

I have loaded what I think is an interior picture of the Theatre

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