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Tel Aviv Cinematheque: Film Festivals and Special Screenings
The Tel-Aviv Cinematheque was founded in 1973, and recently finally received a modern, dedicated building with five screening halls. The cinematheque is active daily from morning to night, with a varied program of quality movies from all corners of the world and also with an emphasis on Israeli cinema.
Many special events and festivals are held year round: "Docu-Aviv" international festival for documentaries, an international students' film festival, an animation, comics and cartoon festival, the "Young-Clip" festival, a children's movies festival, the "Icon" festival for science fiction and fantasy, a gay film festival, a spiritual film festival and more.
In collaboration with foreign embassies and cultural center the cinematheque holds film weeks dedicated to British, French, Irish films and others.
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Cinemas: Celluloid Nights
Cinema-going in Israel is big business, with a number of screens throughout the city (as well as a 20 screen Cinema City that has just opened a few miles north of central Tel Aviv). As well as the Cinematheque (2 screens) which shows a mix of 'arthouse' and 'uncommercial' new releases, there are some 35 screens within a mile or so of the centre. With the exception of Gat (biggest screen in the city on Ibn Givrol), they are all to be found in multi-screen complexes and virtually all in shopping malls. Great thing about cinemas in Israel is there is no dubbing - all films are screened with subtitles and many non-English speaking films also have English subtitles.
Screening times tend to be approx 5pm/730pm/10pm with midnight screenings on Thursday & Friday. Daytime also on Fridays and Saturdays.
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