Amman’s forgotten cinemas

Amman's forgotten cinemas

Photographer Hussam Da’na captured the precarious state of the old film theaters in the center of the Jordanian capital.

Still a small village half a century ago, the Jordanian city of Amman was transformed into the country’s sprawling capital in a matter of decades. While not as well-known as its close-by sister capitals Beirut or Cairo, Amman offers a peaceful retreat in a tumultuous region. The Ammanis started to build their new capital’s central district in the 50s and 60s, replete with all the institutions a capital is supposed to have.

Besides various ministries and other governmental buildings, a string of cinemas were built, all located in the relatively small downtown area. Showing major film productions from the Arab world as well as Hollywood, these cinemas were popular from the start and continued to thrive for at least the first few decades in which they operated.

Over time, Amman expanded and the city’s elite left the centre for the lush, new suburbs. At the same time, new, swanky cinemas in glistening suburban shopping malls lured cinema-goers away from the now decaying downtown, whose cinemas fast became empty and dilapidated, with many of these once famous establishments closing their doors forever.

The Ammani photographer and graphic designer Hussam Da’na, himself a film enthusiast, recently became enthralled with these forgotten cinemas. Spurred on by the recollection of his friend’s grandfather, who worked as the manager of one of the cinemas during their heyday, Da’na has sought to capture the derelict theaters with his camera. […]

Aline Chahine
Aline is an international licensed architect currently practicing in Canada, she is the reason you are reading this right now, Aline founded the platform back in 2008 shaping the very foundation of Architecture Lab, her exemplary content curation process that defines the online magazine today.
Aline Chahine
Aline Chahine
Aline is an international licensed architect currently practicing in Canada, she is the reason you are reading this right now, Aline founded the platform back in 2008 shaping the very foundation of Architecture Lab, her exemplary content curation process that defines the online magazine today. Highlights Aline founded Architecture Lab in 2008 Lead editor of dan | dailyarchnews since 2019 Founded and Creative Director of DesignRaid Licensed architect with creative sales and marketing experience Experience As full-fledged architect, Aline's background involved a great deal of research that lead to the creation of Architecture Lab as an online database of exemplary design. Her experience snowballed into founding two architecture platforms, Architecture Lab and DesignRaid. Education Aline received USEK’s Master of Architecture in 2004 and BA in English from the University of Toronto
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