Two of Tel Aviv’s bastions of culture are right here on Rothschild or its immediate vicinity. Habima National Theater was created in pre-revolutionary Moscow in 1913, and immigrated to Mandate Palestine in 1928. It has a long and illustrious history and it once boasted the most respected actors and a solemn repertoire, but financial difficulties have forced it to stage musicals and other less artsy performances in an attempt to attract larger crowds. On Thursdays there’s simultaneous English translation.
The Cinematheque is on Ibn Gabirol-Karlibach, a short walk from the Habima complex. It’s where non-commercial, retro, classic or obscure foreign films are shown. It’s also home to the excellent Doc Aviv documentary festival.
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