Syrian cinema lover showcases industry's glory days

STORY: This man is putting Syrian cinema’s glory days on display

Mahmoud Hadid, 83, got into the film

industry through calligraphy

SYRIAN CINEMA LOVER, MAHMOUD HADID, SAYING:

"I wanted to go into the cinema industry. I tried a lot but could not. Because I am a calligrapher, I started to write cinema advertisements. So, from calligraphy I became part of the industry. I used calligraphy as a means to fulfill my passion for cinema."

He learned how cinema reels,

lights and screening machines work

and how to fix them

Over the years, he amassed a large collection of vintage machinery

Part of his collection is on display

at the Damascus Opera House

Hadid hopes to one day open a museum

and wishes for more cinemas to open in Syria

SYRIAN CINEMA LOVER, MAHMOUD HADID, SAYING:

"If we used to have 13 cinemas in the past, today we should have 130 cinemas, this is wrong. I'm old, I'm sad to see what we used to be and what we have become."

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