Athens' Historic Ideal Cinema Closes Doors After 102 Years with Screen of "Pulp Fiction"

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In a poignant farewell event, the Ideal Cinema, one of Athens' oldest and most cherished theaters, will permanently cease operations this Friday, culminating in a screening of Quentin Tarantino's iconic film, "Pulp Fiction."

"After 102 years of operation, Athens' most historic and awe-inspiring theater has been unfortunately forced to halt its screenings indefinitely," stated the Athens International Film Festival in a social media announcement, expressing appreciation for the overwhelming response from countless citizens and the loving support of numerous cinema-goers.

"Join us as we bid a collective farewell to our city's remarkable cinema, with a film that epitomized an era during its long-standing tenure," continued the statement.

The final screening, scheduled to commence at 9 p.m., is already fully booked.

Situated within the Schliemann-Mela Mansion on Athens' central Panepistimiou Street, a masterpiece designed by German architect Ernst Ziller, the Ideal Cinema has witnessed over a century of cinematic excellence.

The four-story building, previously owned by the Single Social Security Entity (EFKA), will undergo an extensive €36 million renovation, transforming it into a luxurious five-star hotel.

Cine Ideal proudly introduced Dolby Stereo sound to Greece and once showcased the largest screen in Europe.

Previously, Cine Ideal operated under an agreement where rent was based on a percentage of its ticket sales.

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