The Despicable Act of Amsterdam’s City Cinema

Amsterdam City Bioscoop (cinema) is probably one of the finest film houses in the Netherlands, if not Europe. In 1995 it was bought by the Pathé Cinema Group and is since known as Pathé City. But it has one black page in its long history.

The Nazi regime in the Netherlands had passed legislation that the Jewish population was no longer allowed in cinemas starting on 8 January 1941. On 2 January 1941. The City Cinema was the first, for its own accord, to place the ‘Prohibited to Jews’ signs a week before the ordinance came into effect.

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