Mir Theatre

11 Tsvetnoy Boulevard,

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Previous Names: Mir Theatre Kinopanorama

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Mir Theatre

In 1881 a building at this address was used for displaying panoramas. It became a horse riding stadium and was destroyed during the civil war between 1918-1920. The remains were left derelict for the next almost 40 years.

In 1957, architects Butuzov, Stregalayva & Bogdanov designed a new cinema named Mir Theatre on the site, located next door to the Moscow State Circus arena. The 1,226-seat auditorium is circular. There was a large foyer. It opened on 28th February 1958 with the premiere showing of the 3-strip Kinopanorama production of “My Great Country”. The size of the deeply curved 146 degree screen was 30.6 x 11.4 meters. 6 projectors were used for the 3-strip Kinopanorama process and a 9-track stereophonic sound system with 120 loudspeakers were installed. Later projectors for 70mm & 35mm film were added.

In its heyday in the 1970’s queues formed to purchase tickets for performances which began at 6am. Between 1992 and 1995 French and American productions were screened. The large foyer was gradually taken over by numerous sales kiosks and from 1995 a section of it became a bingo hall. It is not known what the auditorium is used for.

Contributed by Ken Roe, Kinospoter
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