The Jerusalem Theatre, Israel's largest centre for art and culture, is located in the heart of the capital's Talbieh neighborhood, near the Presidential Residence. Established in 1971 at the initiative of Miles M and Gita Sherover and then Mayor Teddy Kollek, it was designed by architect Michael Nadler. Three additional halls, donated by the Chicago-based Crown Family with the support of the Jerusalem Foundation and the Jerusalem Municipality, opened in 1986. The Theatre continues to renew and develop its facility and recently opened a new hall, The Studio (HaUlpan).
The Theatre's unique structure houses five elegant halls: the Sherover Theatre, seats 970; the Henry Crown Symphony Hall seats 760; the Rebecca Crown Auditorium seats 452; the Little Theatre (Teatron Hakatan) seats 117; and the Studio (HaUlpan) seats 300. There is a restaurant and, coffee-shop, a book- and music shop, and large foyers presenting alternating art exhibitions. Facilities feature access for the disabled, and include an assistive listening system for the hearing-impaired.
Annually, more than 600,000 visitors-including 30,000 subscribers, children, teenagers, adults and senior citizens- attend theatre, dance, music, first-run film performances, Israeli entertainment, festivals and exhibitions at the Theatre. Hundreds of plays by various Israeli theateres, leading fringe performances and festival productions are staged every year.
In addition, the Theatre hosts diverse musical activities, including dozens of concerts with leading orchestras, chamber music ensembles, recitals, and operas with local guest and international choruses, soloists and conductors, in a variety of styles from jazz through pop and rock, and from Israeli song to world music.
The best of dance productions from Israel and around the globe, contemporary Israeli dance companies and others are presented here every year and the Jerusalem Theatre also plays host to dance premieres of the Curtain UpFestival (Haramat Masach).
Regular daily screenings of first-run, new, local and international films and a variety of cinema-related events take place at the Theatre.
The Theatre also hosts the Israel Festival, The Oud Festival, the Curtain Up Festival (Haramat Masach), The Jerusalem Arts Festival (Festival Yerushalayim L'oomanuyot) and produces The- End-of-Summer Festival (Festival Sof HaKayitz) of the arts every August on the Theatre plaza.
In addition, the Theatre presents dozens of Shows with leading Israeli entertainers, and activities for kids.
Throughout the year, there are courses on subjects of art and culture in cooperation with Ascolot, workshops, and meetings with artists. The public is also invited to view some 80 different art exhibitions held in the Theatre's foyers.
The Jerusalem Theatre is also home to major Israeli cultural organizations: The Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra (IBA), The Israel Camerata Jerusalem, and The Israel Festival.