Russia's decaying movie palaces


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I'm fairly sure the one in the photo is in Armenia not Russia given that the sign is partly in Armenian and the Russian bit says "Yerevan cinema".

EDIT: OK, so apparently it's in Moscow or St. Petersburg, and a lot of them seem to be named after places outside Russia- there's also a "Minsk" and an "Odessa"


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We had gloriously tacky fake Deco on one side of the Curtain, Palaeo-future Brutalism on the other, and now we've both got multiplexes in huge sheds. With horrible purple carpet, probably.


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Of course we've had enough decaying movie palaces here in the States too... Friend of mine was involved in a recent effort to buy and restore one, but they couldn't raise what the owner was asking for it so it continues to sit unrestored, and dubiously maintained.


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Many great one screen cinemas on the North American continent are shuttered too. If they still stand they're venues for churches. A few are retail stores. But most are bulldozed and the land used for something else. It always saddened me to see a once great social hub no longer in existence.


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Wow...

I'd never thought about it happening in other parts of the world, but it's just as sad to see there in Russia as it is/was here in the U.S.

Sometimes "Progress" isn't all it's cracked up to be.


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