Кинотеатр Россия (Cinema Rossia), Moscow (Москва), 1963
Address: 2 Pushkinskaya Square, Pushkinskaya, Tverskaya, Moscow
CinemaTreasures.org ID: 25125
At first sight, people seam to be queueing up, standing in a long line, but when you take a closer look, you can see there's plenty of space between the visitors, and they walk in two directions! The top of the cinema reveals what's going on (and giving us a date for when the photo was taken): it says Third Moscow Film Festival (or something likewise), which was held in the second week of june, 1963. Fellini's OTTO E MEZZO won the Grand Prize that year.
The Rossia opened two years before, and was designed by architects Sheverdayev, Godjeenskay and Solopov. Originally the main auditorium had 2,500 seats, two smaller audtoriums had 200 each. These have now been converted into a restaurant and nightclub, the large auditorium currently seats 2056.
With over 130 cinemas, Moscow must be one of the current cinema capitals of the world, together with Los Angeles, New York City, Paris, Berlin and Milan (although those are all being shut now).
In 1997 the Rossia was bought by the KARO Film Chain, who restored the theater and turned it into a concert hall with the occasional film screening, opening it during the 20th International Moscow Cinema Festival. The cinema was renamed "Pushkinsky" (Пушкинский). KARO wanted to revamp the theater in it's full glory in 2004, but in 2006 the Moscow mayor cancelled the reconstruction as KARO had failed to do so on time. KARO has said they still want to continue to restore Russia's largest cinema sometime in the near future.
The Pushinskaya subway station is underneath the theater.
More information at: www.karofilm.ru/about/index_eng.shtml and www.karofilm.ru/cgi-bin/show.pl?option=cinema_description...
©Photo by Дм. Балбтерманца