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.

Independent journalism isn’t dead. You can help keep it alive.

As the only remaining independent, English-language news source reporting from Russia, The Moscow Times plays a critical role in connecting Russia to the world.

Editorial decisions are made entirely by journalists in our newsroom, who adhere to the highest ethical standards. We fearlessly cover issues that are often considered off-limits or taboo in Russia, from domestic violence and LGBT issues to the climate crisis and a secretive nuclear blast that exposed unknowing doctors to radiation.

Please consider making a one-time donation — or better still a recurring donation — to The Moscow Times to help us continue producing vital, high-quality journalism about the world's largest country.