It’s time to raise the curtain

Jerusalemites are very fond of their theater.

By ALON KUPERERD / JERUSALEM INSTITUTE FOR POLICY RESEARCH
May 11, 2017 19:24
2 minute read.
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Paying visitors and percent of subscribers in city theaters. (photo credit: JERUSALEM INSTITUTE FOR POLICY RESEARCH)

 
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The Khan Theater is the city theater of Jerusalem. According to the Pilat theater website, in 2015 it hosted 66,608 playgoers, who paid to attend any of 16 productions. It is a relatively small theater compared with Israel’s other city theaters. The Haifa Theater produced 22 shows, attended by 126,611 paying visitors; the Beersheba Theater produced 14 shows for 154,512 ; and Tel Aviv’s Cameri Theater produced 41 shows for a total audience of 844,151.

With the exception of the Cameri, which staged 1,478 performances, the total numbers of theatrical performances are comparable: the Khan had 302, Haifa had 339, and Beersheba had 396. It appears that the discrepancy in the numbers results from the size of the theaters’ main stages and the number of shows produced outside them.

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