Khudozhestvenny Cinema

Best Implemented Restoration / Reconstruction Project

About the project
The project included restoration of the oldest cinema in Moscow, which is also a cultural heritage site of regional significance. The building was designed by Nikolai Blagoveshchensky and later rebuilt by Feodor Shekhtel. The cinema saw Lev Tolstoy, Sergei Yesenin and other iconic figures of Russian culture and art. In 2014, the cinema was closed down to be restored. In 2020, the large-scale work was finally completed and the building regained its original appearance. Today’s Khudozhestvenny is a novel format of a Moscow cinema. It is both a historical picture house featuring film programming and a public meeting place.

14/1 Arbatskaya square, Moscow, Russia


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Khudozhestvenny Cinema

Authors of the project
Merz Merz