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MOSCOW – Moscow’s city hall has unveiled a renovation program which will cover more than 60 film theaters in the city.
“The city authorities have finally made the decision to renovate the capital’s movie theaters, many of which are in deplorable condition,” a spokesperson for the city hall’s construction and investment development was quoted as saying by the wire service RIA Novosti.
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Under a recent decree by the city government, 49 movie theaters are to be renovated without major changes to their floor plans, while another 15 theaters are to be enlarged.
This move apparently contradicts the recent trend of converting older cinemas with one or two screens to other uses. Over the last few years, several older film theaters in the city have been converted or slated for conversion.
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Last year, the city hall’s decision to give the building of the film theater Havana to the television show KVN stirred some controversy. Last month, the announcement came that the 1930s constructivist building of the film theater Udarnik, located in the heart of Moscow and overlooking the Kremlin, will host a contemporary art museum upon the completion of the renovation which is currently under way.
In accordance with the most recent figures available, Moscow has 120 film theaters and 540 screens.
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