The Tel Aviv Cinematheque is the city’s premier art-house cinema establishment, as well as a venue for a variety of different cultural events taking place throughout the year. Gaining much of its funding through membership-based contributions, the Cinematheque is able to curate retrospectives, thematic film festivals, and serve as a last-chance screening room for films deemed by commercial cinemas and television as financial losers or politically controversial.
Founded in 1989, the institution quickly found an avid following among the local cinephiles. The venue gained world-attention as home of the country’s more renowned film festivals, such as the documentary focused Doc-Aviv, a showcase for the increasingly popular genre of films. Screenings, lectures and a plethora of related activities are offered on a daily basis. Fortuitously, the centrally located cinema places movie-goers a short walk from a substantial list of restaurants, cafes and pubs, generating a seamless ‘dinner and a movie’ night that overturns any fear of cliché.