Hundreds of Utrecht residents gathered on Neude on Friday evening to watch the music documentary Summer of Soul. It was an initiative of Jos Stelling, which he celebrated with the official opening of the Slachtstraat Film Theatre.
The Summer of Soul is an Academy Award winning 2021 documentary. The film is about the Harlem Cultural Festival organized in the United States in 1969. “The historical images were created around an epic event that celebrated Black history, culture and fashion,” Slachtstraat Filmtheater previously said.
A large screen was put on the Neude on Friday evening. From 7 pm, there was a test for a movie and about two hours later Summer of Soul started. Visitors were glued to the tube due to, among other things, beautiful historical photos and swinging music.
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The Slaughter Street movie theater had a number of folding seats on the Neude, but some people also brought their own stuff to comfortably watch the movie. There were, for example, bean bags and carpets.
The Slachtstraat movie theater can be found on the old site of ‘t Hoogt in the city center. There were plans to turn these buildings into homes, but the idea of the Utrecht Antiquities Trust, the property’s owner, was unsuccessful. Jos Stelling, owner of the Lewis Hartlauber and Springhaver complex, came up with the idea to open a new cinema there.
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