President to Inaugurate Revamped Paphos ‘Attikon’


 The newly revamped Attikon Hall, previously an abandoned cinema, will be inaugurated by President Nicos Anastasiades on Friday.

The official opening ceremony of Attikon’ Hall, now used as a cultural
centre, will take place at 6.30pm. Included in the programme is a short film screening of clips from Greek and foreign cinema, said a spokesman for Paphos municipality. Mayor Phedonas Phedonos will also address the event.

In addition, there will also be a lecture by Professor Uriel Reichman, the President and founder of IDC Herzliya University, Israel. Herzliya is twinned with Paphos.

The topic is, ‘Innovation, entrepreneurship
and education: leadership in an era of change’. There will be a simultaneous translation in Greek and English and a reception will follow.

Attikon is steeped in local history and was renovated as part of Paphos’ 2017 Cultural Capital title.

It was founded in 1941-42 by Nikolas Taliotis (1911-2012) who converted an old warehouse owned by well-known Turkish Cypriot businessman and landowner Mustafa Ahmet Rasit Bey (1896-1963) into a cinema.

The spokesman said: “From 1950-1970 Attikon’ was an important place for the intellectual, cultural and social life of the town, hosting cinema screenings, theatre performances, commemoration events, lectures
and other happenings.”

In the late
1970s the decline of Attikon began and it finally ceased to operate.

However, in the mid-1990s the venue reopened under the name of Cine Othello’ and operated until 2000.

In 2015 the municipality promoted the renovation and conversion of the old space into a modern venue of cultural and conference infrastructure.

“The project (which was implemented during 2016-2018), was
co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund and the Republic of Cyprus,” the spokesman said.

The architectural study was prepared by the technical services of Paphos municipality and the cost was around €1.9m plus VAT.

“The project aspires to the financial, cultural and social rejuvenation of the area and many later additions to the building were removed, as they distorted
it’s character and authenticity.”

This has resulted in the creation of a multipurpose hall for activities and events, and an outdoor area useful for lectures, screenings
and other events. This has been accomplished by reviving the former open-air cinema which operated at the back yard of the building, with a capacity of hosting around 240 people, he said.

Attikon flows into the adjacent space of Palia Ilektriki cultural
centre, which creates a connection and cluster of projects of cultural and conference infrastructure in the centre of the old town.

“This is particularly important for the new face and identity of Paphos,” the spokesman said.