J'lem's Edison Theatre to become haredi housing

December 1, 2005 15:31


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The Edison Movie Theatre, once a symbol of Zionist secularism in the Holy Land, will be transformed in a 60-unit building project for Satmar Hassidim. News of the deal was first published in the haredi weekly Bekehila. The edifice, which has stood empty for about 20 years, was the scene of bloody fisticuffs between haredim from nearby Meah She'arim and secular Israelis in the late 1940's and early 1950's. Frequently the confrontations were sparked in the summer during daylight savings when Saturday night movies would begin before the Shabat was over. The burnt-out building, located on Yeshayahu Street in downtown Jerusalem, was bought two years ago by an American Satmar Hassid for $5 million. In coming months it will be razed and in the summer building will commence. Click here to read the full story.

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