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Cinema XXI at Taman Ismail Marzuki permanently closes its doors

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Sun, August 18, 2019  /  04:25 pm
Cinema XXI at Taman Ismail Marzuki permanently closes its doors

Visitors talk to each other in Taman Ismail Marzuki in Cikini, Central Jakarta, on Nov. 15. The Jakarta administration is set to revitalize the historic cultural hub to provide more space for residents and aspiring artists. (The Jakarta Post/Seto Wardhana)

A Cinema XXI movie theater located in the Taman Ismail Marzuki (TIM) arts and cultural center, Central Jakarta, is shutting its doors for good on Monday, kompas.com reported. 

The theater, nicknamed TIM XXI, is closing as part of TIM’s revitalization program, Cinema XXI corporate communication head Catherine Keng said on Sunday

“The building [that houses TIM XXI] will be renovated and redesigned,” she said. 

The groundbreaking ceremony for the revitalization project was led by Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan on July 3. 

Jakarta Tourism and Culture Agency acting head Asiantoro announced the plan to close TIM XXI in November.

He told kompas.com that the arts and culture complex initially did not come with a movie theater and the spot would be restored to its original function as an arts center.

"[The area] will become the HB Jassin Literary Documentation Center and there will be studios for [art] practices," he said. 

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“Cinema XXI is a tenant and [the building] belongs to us.”

Twitter users shared their memories of TIM XXI on Saturday evening after news of the theater’s closing began circulating on social media.

User @martinaprianti said, "Thank you, universe. One day prior to TIM XXI’s closing, I watched two films adapted from Pramoedya Ananta Toer's novels. If it wasn’t for Pramoedya's Perburuan, I would not have known that the theater was closing down."

User @bicaraboxoffice said, "My heart goes to the cinema. TIM XXI is the place to go when you want to bring your parents to the movies. From the parking space to the theater, it’s just a [few steps]. I remember watching the restored version of Tiga Dara [Three Maidens] here."

Netizens also pointed out that TIM XXI was special for being one of the few movie theaters in Jakarta that was not located inside a shopping mall. The theater is also a short walking distance from the Jakarta Planetarium and Observatory, as well as to art events in the complex.  (jes/wng)