Tel-Aviv: Cinema ‘Eden’, 1930. Item #1204
62,7x47,5 cm. In a very good condition, tears restored, creases, pale water stains and few pencil marks.
Extremely rare survival of the time. In English and Arabic.
This poster relates to both one of the earliest cinemas in Jaffa and the outstanding German actress Olga Chekhova (Tschechowa).
The Eden cinema was first opened in 1914 but was soon closed by the Turkish authorities. It was reopened in 1917 and ten years served as the only cinema in Tel-Aviv. It also hosted live performances being the only suited venue at that time. The poster had announced two motion pictures that were shown with the accompaniment of S. Garter’s orchestra during one week in the spring of 1930.
Most likely, one of them was a 1928 German silent drama film ‘Weib in Flammen’ [i.e. Woman in Flames] starring Olga Knipper-Chekhova (1897-1980). Olga Knipper was born in Russia and studied in the MKhAT studio. She married her cousin, actor Mikhail Chekhov in 1914 that made her the namesake of Anton Chekhov’s wife. Knipper-Chekhova started her career in the silent film industry in pre-Revolutionary Russia but emigrated to the Weimar Republic in 1920. By 1930, Chekhova had played in 40 motion pictures and would become more popular later. After 1933 Universum-Film Aktiengesellschaft (UFA) that shot ‘Woman in Flames’ was taken under control of the Nazi’s party while Chekhova turned into the main actress in the Third Reich.