´ Essaouira - Cinema
Essaouira Mogador is a town at the Atlantic coast of Morocco

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There are two movie theaters in Essaouira.
Both closed today.


Cinema Scala

Cinema Scala

It was created by a Jew named Mr. Kakon in the 1940th and the cinema is situated just at the city wall by the Scala the Kasbah. It was closed 1999. There was the groundfloor with chairs in hardwood and a balcony.Friday morning was reserved for women.

The posters of the cinemas advertised westerns, classics of French cinema, Bollywood and Egyptian productions with famous American and French film stars at the time as Humphrey Bogart, Errol Flin, James Stewart, Jean Gabin, Fernandel.

Egyptian Arabic movies were popular, they exposed the greatest singers of that time such as Farid El Atrash, Mohammad Abdel Wahab, Abdel Halim Hafez.

Cinema Scala
Cinema Scala with the entrance
polluted with tourist souvenirs.


Cinema Rif

It is situated near Bab Doukala
just behind Shariaa Massira.
Closed 2008

Cinema Rif was famous for Bollywood films.





Scala Cinema 2012

Cinema Scala 2014

Cinema posters

Movie posters in Essaouira medina in 1970th.

Many film directors, have discovered Essaouira's photogenic and atmospheric qualities and Essaouira is famous for Orson Welles: Othello..(1949-51) which was filmed on location. Many other films has been shot in Essaouira. Read more