Movie ads are captured in the basement of Abdel Qader al-Ayoubi in Kirkuk, July 27, 2018.
AFP / Shwan Nawzad
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Ayoubi has scoured the country to collect 8 mm, 16 mm and 35 mm reels of old films, projectors, screens and archive materials from secondhand dealers, sometimes at exorbitant prices.Back in the 1970s, the city of Kirkuk was home to five cinemas – the Khayyam, Hamra, Alamein, Atlas and the Salaheddin, the educational adviser and longtime movie enthusiast told AFP.More than a decade of sanctions following Saddam Hussein's 1990 invasion of Kuwait, as well as long periods of militia and extremist dominance after the 2003 U.S.-led invasion that toppled the dictator, have ensured an end to the golden age of cinema in Iraq.Action and horror flicks are a hit at Ayoubi's cinema, but his personal favorites are the Arabic movies, the musical comedies of the 1950s and 1960s, or the good old-fashioned love stories.
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