People walk past the now dysfunctional Rivoli cinema in Tripoli. (The Daily Star/Stringer)
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The focus of the film is the small cinema in the town the director grew up in and the man who worked there.For the city's residents, the cinema and its environs were a place to gather and socialize, particularly on weekends and during the holidays.The city, which now only hosts one large multiplex in a mall, used to boast up to 30 cinemas. The quality of the films ranged from excellent to mediocre, but all the halls were usually filled up regardless.After a stint in Hollywood during the '50s, he returned to his birthplace, Tripoli, to make movies.Cinemas in Tripoli were not just to show films, but also a stage for theater and concerts by well-known artists.Naboulsi is interrupted by his friend, whose face lights up as soon as he hears the word cinema.
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