The Al Nasr Cinema was built in 1946 by a group of Palestinian residents of Haifa who served in the British army. The cinema closed in 1948 and reopened in 1949 to the Jewish public as the Hadar Cinema. Despite targeting the Jewish community, the cinema became a legend in Haifa, and its main audience was Jewish-Arabs (olim from northern Africa who were settled in Wadi Salib) and the original Palestinian residents of Wadi Nisnas.
During the British mandate, the cinema screened films from the Arab world, but after 1948, as part of the attempt to create a melting pot and to “westernize,” the cinema mainly screened European and American films. However, this attempt failed, and the cinema went back to showing Arab films. Today the building is owned by real estate developers who want to build an eight-story building in its place, thus erasing the cinema from memory.
The project seeks to reestablish the cinema as a mobile cinema. The goal of the project is to resurrect the cinema with its rich history, and to recount the Arab-Palestinian history. The cinema will be a tool for groundbreaking activity by telling its unique story. In addition to recounting the history, current Palestinian films will be screened, and events and activities will be held. As part of the struggle against cultural oppression, the mobile cinema disconnects from the need for a physical space, and creates a cultural and social alternative.