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Bakhtar Theatre

Kabul AF

Record #3386  
Capacity: 650 seats
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On November 19, 2001, the Bakhtar reopened for the first time in more than five years. The theater closed when Kabul's Taliban rulers deemed the moving images of cinema, as well as television and many other forms of entertainment, as idolatrous and against Islam. The Taliban abandoned Kabul on November 13 and five days later television and radio broadcasts had resumed, and a new video rental store had opened.

The cinema reopened with "Urudj" ("Ascension"), a classic Afghan film about the country's rebellion against the former Soviet Union, and "Elan", an Indian film.

Women were still not allowed into the theater on opening day.


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Last featured 2002-12-27. Last edited 12/10/2005.

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