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Moscow: In Search of a Good Movie

You may have your hands full seeing the sights and writing postcards during your stay in Moscow, but why not leave a little time free to catch a movie? For Muscovites, there’s a certain prestige to going to see a film, simply because there just aren’t many films being produced in Russia since the end of the Cold War. Movie houses in Moscow run the gamut from state-of-the-art to turn-of-the-century and provide a great venue for meeting old friends or making new ones.

1) Illuzion (Kotelnicheskaya emb., #1/15, tel: 915-4353, 915-4339, Tickets: 20-60 R ($0,7 - $2 US). Located in what is affectionately known as “Stalin’s skyscraper”, this cinema prides itself in showing the classics of Russian and Soviet film making from the 1920’s and 30’s. Classic black & white foreign films are on hand as well. Nothing dubbed and no sub-titles. (Located in the “Kitai Gorod” area and located on the bank of Yauza River, in front of Foreign Languages Library and British Council.

2) Rolan Cinema (Chistoprudniy Bulvar #12a, tel: 916-9190, 916-9412, tickets: 100 R - 400 R ($3 - $13). This movie theatre showcases films by the new auteurs of foreign cinema like Almodovar, Jarmush, Kusturitsa, and Joselliani. And as such attracts a healthy mix of pseudo-intellectuals and artists. Two screening areas with seating for 200 and 50 respectively make or intimate surroundings. Long lines in the evening and on weekends. Be smart and purchase your tickets in the morning. (also located in the “Kitai Gorod” area, take the ChistyePrudy metro and then walk 7-10 minutes on the boulevard in the direction of Chistye Prudy ponds.

3) America-Cinema. (Berezhkovskaya nab. #2 "Radisson-Slavyanskaya" hotel, 2nd floor. tel. 941-8641, tickets: 200-400R (8-13$). Conveniently located in SAS Radisson-Slavyanskaya hotel. A great hang out for expats and businessmen and women or anyone who wants to catch a flick in English. Get off at the Kievskaya metro, walk behind the Kievskaya railway station to the direction of Moscow-river and look for the Radisson. The cinema is inside.

4) Five Stars. (Bakhrushina ulitsa, #25, tel: 953-3328, 953-42-06, tickets range from$1.00 for seniors to $10.00 for adults). Impressive, newly constructed and perhaps the best cinema in Moscow. Comfortable lobby and well-manicured interior. Five screening areas, each one named after one of the heavyweights of film: Rolan, Ptushko, Kurosava, Gaben, Chaplin – thus the title “Five Stars”. Large and comfortable seating. Take the Paveletskaya, get off at Paveletskay and the cinema is about 300 meters to your left. Big enough where you can’t miss it.

There are several other cinemas in Moscow but these are some of the most popular. Unwind after a long day and take in a film! A unique and enjoyable experience.


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