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Dubai, Dubai
United Arab Emirates

Art Week brings together Dubai’s thriving creative industries into a week-long celebration of arts and culture.

Plaza Cinema

Alserkal Avenue

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Plaza Cinema

  • Warehouse 58 & Back Lane Alserkal Avenue Dubai UAE (map)

Plaza Cinema


Ammar Al Attar’s project Plaza Cinema stems from the artist’s efforts to rescue old filmstrips, movie posters and ephemera from decommissioned theatres in the UAE. These aging movie-houses are touchstones of Dubai’s modern history and places of deep personal meaning and memory for residents. In January 2017 Al Attar recreated a series of thirty movie posters from Plaza Cinema, a theatre in Bur Dubai, as a prelude to his project. In March, the artist presents an installation of the materials he rescued, providing a rare opportunity to analyse and consider how film often connects diverse migrant communities – many of whom are in the UAE for work – with narratives and images of home. 


13 March – 29 April 2017

Location: Warehouse 58 & Back Lane


Special event: 

18 March 2017, 19:00

Screening: Play it Again Sam (1972). Directed by Herbert Ross. Part of a programme for Ammar Al Attar’s Plaza Cinema commission, The Yard 



Image caption: 

Ammar Al Attar, Cinema Plaza Posters, 2017, commissioned by Alserkal Programming

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