Remembering the White City’s First Silver Screen

Tel Aviv’s first cinema, the Eden Theater, opened 100 years ago this summer. The films were brought over from Egypt, the seats from Greece and the projector from France, but the experience was uniquely Jewish.

A police officer was sitting in the audience at one of the first screenings at the Eden Theater. When he saw a train being robbed, he felt compelled to help, so he pulled out his pistol and shot the screen. This story, which might be only urban legend, appears on the website for the Tel Aviv municipality’s archive. Even if it is only myth, it’s still a good addition to the tales and...