Tourist Tip #253 Food, Film and History: Jerusalem’s Smadar Theater

A fixture for more than 80 years, the Smadar Theater offers food and arty, independent cinema to culture lovers.

Tucked into a picturesque side street in the German Colony, just off southern Jerusalem’s trendy main drag Emek Refaim Street, is the Smadar Theater.

Located in a historic building constructed in 1928, the Smadar has gone through several incarnations to reach its present form: a cozy, modern movie house that shows arty films, indie films and other off-the-beaten-track, obscure cinema.

Like its new neighbor within walking distance, the renovated Ottoman-era train station, the Smadar Theater is open on Shabbat (parking is free that day). Its cafe, which serves both meat and dairy dishes, offers draft beer alongside the popcorn. Customers can enjoy a full meal, from appetizers to dessert and coffee, before or after taking in a movie.

The Lev Smadar Theater, 4 Lloyd George Street (just off Emek Refaim Street), Jerusalem