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Rally protests plan to close Jerusalem cineplex on Shabbat

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JERUSALEM (JTA) — Jerusalem residents protested against a plan to close a new movie theater complex on Shabbat and Jewish holidays.

Some 500 Jerusalem residents and supporters protesting Saturday night at Safra Square in front of City Hall called for Cinema City to be open on Friday night and Saturday.

The complex, which includes restaurants and a 15-screen movie theater, is set to open this summer. It will close on weekends in keeping with an agreement between the Finance Ministry, the property developer and the Jerusalem municipality.

Among the groups protesting were Awakening, the Meretz political party and Be Free Israel.

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