A South African cinema showing "Victory at Entebbe" was gutted by fire on Sunday (23 January) in Pretoria.
GV: cinema "Entebbe" sign outside. (2 shots)
SV AND CU: police guarding door as official enters. (2 shots)
CU: No Smoking sign.
GV: burnt rafters and screen. (2 shots)
GV: burnt seats. (3 shots)
SV: Fireman sifting through wreckage.
CU: Pretoria Fire Chief, Mr. J.J. Pretorius being interviewed.
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 7
Pretoria's Fire Chief, spoke to reporters about the incident.
REPORTER: "At this stage, have you any idea what caused the fire?"
PRETORIUS: "No, we have no idea whatsoever what caused the fire."
REPORTER: "Any suggestions from yourself?"
PRETORIUS: "My personal opinion is that this is arson."
REPORTER: "What leads you to say that?"
PRETORIUS: "I've examined the extent of the fire and where it started and I've established without a doubt where the fire started and I think it's a fair conclusion that it is arson."
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Background: A South African cinema showing "Victory at Entebbe" was gutted by fire on Sunday (23 January) in Pretoria. It is widely believed the fire was lit deliberately.
SYNOPSIS: The pro-Israeli film "Victory at Entebbe" which depicts Israel's daring rescue of hostagesheld in Uganda, is though to behind the suspected arson. As a result police have announced special security precautions wherever the film is playing in South Africa.
Extensive damage was done throughout the theatre, destroying almost the entire building including the screen the rafters, the foyer and hundreds of seats. It will cost thousands of dollars to repair.
Although the fire appeared to be an anti-Israeli act, relations between Israel and South Africa have improved considerably within the last few years. Early last year Mr. Vorster visited Israel at the invitation of the Israeli Prime Minister, Mr. Rabin. After the talks Mr. Vorster said communications between the two countries had "never been better."