Jerusalem's Cinema City to open Thursday

The High Court is due to rule on whether the 19-screen multiplex can open on the Sabbath.

Jerusalem's Cinema City will open Thursday, after an investment of NIS 250 million. The eight-floor 20,000-square meter entertainment complex, located on the site of the National Car Park across the street from the Supreme Court, has 19 screens, auditoriums for shows and conventions, and a theater.

The center also includes the Museum of Jewish Cinema, the Old Testament City, and a dynamic 3D "Journey to Judaism" and other children's shows. The cinemas and auditoriums have 3,000 seats altogether, and the commercial space includes over 50 restaurants, cafes, and shops.

The Jerusalem Cinema City's developers, brothers Moshe and Leon Edri, who own New Lineo Cinema (2006) Ltd., expect to sell two million tickets a year and host 15 million visitors in the first year.

Jerusalemites are now waiting for the High Court of Justice to rule in March on a petition filed by the NGO Wake Up Jerusalem whether Cinema City will be open on the Sabbath.

"Residents of Jerusalem and its environs are hungry for a center of this kind," said Leon Edri. "It is absurd that metropolitan Jerusalem, with 880,000 residents, has only 12 cinema screens, less than a tenth of the proportion in any other city in Israel."

Published by Globes [online], Israel business news - - on February 25, 2014

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