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Cinema list in Ethiopia
Addis Ababa City Hall Cinema is located at the center of Piazza in front of St. Giorgis
Church around Menelik Square. It is inside the building of the City Municipality
Contact: +251(0) 11 155 9873
Agona cinema is located on Debre Zeit Road, near Concord Restaurant. It consists of 1
hall with 600 seats and shows only Ethiopian Films.
Contact: +251(0) 11 465 2355
Alem cinema is located under Bole Sub City, Africa Avenue, behind Alem Building.
Contact: +251(0) 11 663 6718
Located in front of the Ethiopian Radio and Television building, Ambassador theatre is
now a full time cinema theater.
It shows both foreign and local films. With over 1,400 seats, the cinema is one of the
biggest in the country.
Cinema Empire is located around Piazza, at the beginning of Adwa Road that takes you
from Piazza to Arat Kilo; the cinema shows both local and international movies.
On weekdays, foreign films start at 11 am while local movies start after 2 pm. But on
weekends the cinema shows local movies at 11 am, 2 pm, 4 pm & 6 pm.
Contact: +251(0) 11 156 5029
The Hager Fikir Theatre in Addis Ababa is not only the theatre with the greatest
tradition in Ethiopia but also the oldest indigenous theatre in Africa.
It stands for more than 70 years of cultural life in Addis Ababa. It is a playhouse
where modern Ethiopian music and drama were born and nurtured.
Many stars like Aster Aweke, Tilahun Gessesse and Frew Hailu began their careers on the
stage of Hager Fikir Theatre. Hager Fikir Theatre was founded in 1935,
when people of Addis Ababa founded "Hager Fikir Maheber" (Association for the love of
the Motherland) to stand against the upcoming Italian invasion.
The founder, Makonnen Habte-Wold, wanted to encourage the patriotic mettle of the
Ethiopian people. The first open-air productions took place at Menelik Square,
the city centre of Addis Ababa. Although the Italian occupation could not be prevented,
Hager Fikir Theatre survived. However there were few uncritical and
fascist-friendly plays brought on stage during the period of occupation. After the
withdrawal of the Italian troops in 1941 the theatre-crew moved from Menelik
Square to the place where it is located nowadays in the Piazza district. source:
The Ethiopian National Theatre, which was used to be called the Haile Selassie I Theatre, and which before that has set out to be Cinema Marconi, holds an interesting place in the history of Addis Ababa. At present the Ethiopian National Theatre is organized into two Directorates, i.e.,the Theatre Directorate, and the Music Directorate . The Theatre Directorate has two performing groups while the Music Directorate comprises three modern and folk music groups, namely Izra Folk Music and Dance Group, Yared Modern Orchestra, Dawit POP Orchestra and String Orchestra.
Matti Multiplex Cinema is a three purpose-built cinema complex at Edna Mall beside Bole
P.O.Box 8291, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Contact: +251(0) 16 616278
Fax: +251 116 616207
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