Sipho Mabena
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24 Oct 2021
2:24 pm

Curtain call for Eyethu Cinema? – Family in dispute over fate of historic Soweto site

Sipho Mabena

Eyethu Cinema, where the independently all-black cast movie Joe Bullet released in 1973 premiered to make way for a shopping centre

the iconic Eyethu Cinema in Mofolo section of Soweto in Johannesburg. SAM MATHE, Facebook

The days of the iconic Eyethu Cinema in Mofolo section of Soweto in Johannesburg are numbered, marking an end of an era for the historic building that stood as the symbol of black film and cultural pride. The Citizen can confirm that the cinema, where the independently all-black cast movie Joe Bullet released in 1973 premiered, before promptly being banned by the apartheid government after two screenings, is to make way for a shopping centre. Now derelict, the cinema was not only where liberal film distributors in the 1970s held debuts of major black Hollywood movies like The Wild Geese but also...