Support The Moscow Times!

Moscow Tears Down Historic Soviet Cinema

Moscow's historic Solovey movie theater, first opened in 1959, is being demolished to make way for a 20-story apartment complex.

As rising real estate prices in Moscow reshape the landscape of the city, many cultural establishments have been torn down and replaced with flashy new buildings. In a letter to the editor-in-chief of the Ekho Moskvy radio station, the building's owner said the theater could not be saved due to fire safety concerns.

And despite outrage and protests from the public, the cinema screened its final film on Dec. 1 and demolition started Wednesday.

… we have a small favor to ask.

As you may have heard, The Moscow Times, an independent news source for over 30 years, has been unjustly branded as a "foreign agent" by the Russian government. This blatant attempt to silence our voice is a direct assault on the integrity of journalism and the values we hold dear.

We, the journalists of The Moscow Times, refuse to be silenced. Our commitment to providing accurate and unbiased reporting on Russia remains unshaken. But we need your help to continue our critical mission.

Your support, no matter how small, makes a world of difference. If you can, please support us monthly starting from just 2. It's quick to set up, and you can be confident that you're making a significant impact every month by supporting open, independent journalism. Thank you.