Legendary Moscow movie hall to reopen

A photo taken on April 2, 2021 shows a restored Khudozhestvenny Cinema. (Photo: AFP)
Moscow’s oldest cinema hall, built over a century ago, will reopen next week after an extensive years-long renovation, the management said Friday.
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The Khudozhestvenny, an Art Nouveau cinema designed by architect Nikolai Blagoveshchensky, is located in the Russian capital’s historic Arbat quarter and once drew such luminaries as Leo Tolstoy.

It closed for an extensive renovation in 2014 to restore the bas-reliefs on its facade. The interiors were also completely redone.

The management said it would reopen to the public next Friday.

During the Soviet era it hosted up to a 1,000 spectators. The world premiere of the iconic film “Battleship Potemkin” by Sergei Eisentein was held here in 1926.