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I celebrated considered one of my birthdays as a teen on the Virgin Cafe within the balcony house above the place they used to promote the data and DVDs… Who amongst us hasn’t had a dinner or lunch on their rooftop? What number of birthday items have you ever acquired from there, from books, to guitars and different geeky devices and trinkets? Smartly, it’s long past now.

The Artwork-Deco taste “Opera Space” was once constructed within the 1930s, and has been a Virgin Megastore flagship retailer within the area since 2001. The emerging price of hire, the dwindling gross sales of data and DVDs with on-line streaming taking on, in addition to the government-enforced gridlock on Downtown Beirut for the previous eight or nine years, supposed that staying open there made no sense for the Virgin Megastore other people, who’ve as a substitute shifted to opening up in department stores far and wide Lebanon as a substitute.

It’s kinda ironic that days after the government determined to reopen this public sq. to taxpayers, probably the most remaining institutions in that few blocks shuttered up.

Regardless of the nostalgia maximum people have relating to that specific Virgin Megastore, I for my part hope the development turns into an opera area once more, a spot the place we will be able to pass and benefit from the Lebanese Philharmonic Orchestra and different performances, adore it was once supposed to be when it was once constructed.

This begs the query whether or not or no longer the Central District will spring again to existence. In my opinion, I’m skeptical, particularly if the present political magnificence remains the similar. How repeatedly has this house risen up, then slowly were given torn down? Whether or not it’s Nejmeh Sq., or Uruguay Boulevard extra lately, the thrill proves to be all the time short-lived, because of heavy-handed ways by means of the govt to show public squares into army bases for themselves and parking rather a lot for his or her tinted-window, taxpayer-bought motorcades.

Good-bye Virgin Megastore Downtown! We had some excellent instances, however I’m hoping this development turns into an opera area once more as a substitute of some other retail area…

Development within the 1930s (left) and 2000s (proper)
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