A cinema in northern Israel is to be named after Israeli-born Hollywood celeb Gal Gadot, star of the blockbuster hit “Wonder Woman,” the town of Nazareth Illit said Tuesday.
“We are going to name the new cinema after Gal Gadot, an Israeli actress who brings honor to this country,” municipal spokeswoman Orna Yosef said. “This is a message for our young people because Gal Gadot is an example of success, who has shown that dreams can be attained.”
The Gal Cinema, which will have two screens, will open officially on Wednesday with a showing of Israeli director Eran Riklis’s thriller “Shelter.”
Nazareth Illit was founded in 1956 adjacent to biblical Nazareth, the largest Arab city in Israel. Its population of 50,000 is 80 percent Jewish, with the remainder made up of Muslim and Christian Arabs.
The Yedioth Ahronoth daily said that cinema closures in the area meant that until now residents were obliged to make a round-trip of around 80 kilometers (50 miles) to see a film in the coastal city of Haifa.
Gadot, 32, won the Miss Israel beauty pageant in 2004 aged 18. After her two-year compulsory military service she went into modeling and then films, breaking into Hollywood with a role in 2009’s “Fast and Furious.”
She now lives in Los Angeles.