Hollywood Films in Soviet Distribution

Hollywood Films in Soviet Distribution

Film exhibition in Russia begins in St. Petersburg on 4th May 1896.


The first ever screening/demonstration of a new technology in St. Petersburg (and in Russia) was organized by Raül Gunzburg on 4th May 1896 in a stage theater Aquarium during the intermission of a stage production of an operetta from Paris. Gunzburg was on his way to the Nizhny Novgorod trade fair where he displayed the […]

x(under construction) “Art Cinema” Movie Theater in Moscow


Works Cited: The Aurora Theater (St. Petersburg, Russia) / Ashby Gaines

Ab, Evgenii. “Avrora shlet privet iz bochki.”  Avrora: 90 let pervomu peterburgskomu kinoteatru.  St. Petersburg: Avrora, 2004.  32-33. —.  “Etot fil’m vziat v kachestve trofeia.” Avrora: 90 let pervomu peterburgskomu kinoteatru.  St. Petersburg: Avrora,30-31. “Arina Arakelova’s Interview.” Personal interview. June 2011. “Aurora Theater.” Movie Theater Aurora – Saint Petersburg. Aurora Movie Theater. Web. 28 Apr. […]

Man Shot Dead in Latvian Movie Theater for Eating Popcorn too Loudly

A man has been shot dead at a cinema in Latvia after a fellow movie-goer objected to the volume at which he was eating his popcorn. The assailant, 27, reportedly had a brief argument with the man, aged 43, who was sitting next to him during a screening of Black Swan in the Forum cinema, […]

Russian Movie Theater Project

The Russian Movie Theater Project is an archive of film exhibition in Russian (St. Petersburg and Moscow, in particular) during the twentieth century: a portrait of film exhibition and movie-going scene in Soviet and Post-Soviet Moscow. The project is inspired by Williamsburg Theater Project (led by Professor Arthur Knight) and the international initiative, the History […]

Interview with Tara

A practice interview for the Russian Theatre Project to take place later in the summer. Tara is pretending to be a native of St. Petersburg and we are taking her interview.