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Will Jenin’s only cinema be demolished to make way for mall?

Jenin Cinema faces the risk of demolition after it was put up for sale by its owners, and businessmen have made offers and expressed their intentions to build a mall in its place.
Palestinian police stand outside the Cinema Jenin movie theatre in the West Bank city of Jenin August 5, 2010. The only cinema in Jenin, closed for more than 20 years, reopened on Thursday following two years of restoration work.  REUTERS/Ammar Awad (WEST BANK - Tags: SOCIETY IMAGES OF THE DAY) - RTR2H2GC
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RAMALLAH, West Bank — The Palestinian Ministry of Culture is facing a major challenge as it considers saving Jenin Cinema, the only cinema in Jenin province in the northern West Bank. The cinema runs the risk of being demolished after its board of directors decided Aug. 23 to shut it down and put it up for sale, Jenin Cinema Director Lamih al-Assir told Al-Monitor.

The board's decision to sell the cinema — which was founded by four Palestinian families in Jenin in 1958 and was one of the largest and most successful cinemas in Palestine — was made after the cinema’s earnings tumbled over the last three years, leaving its owners with no other choice but to put it up for sale. As a result, the cinema that was the province’s only window to cinematic and cultural life shut its doors.

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