Moscow, Russia


Anton Marchenko

Once opened in 1966 'Illuzion' had been working as a nonprofit institution for a long time and was the first cinema to avoid the official Soviet censorship. The press of the time wrote that 'Illuzion' became a breath of freedom during the period of stagnation for many people. After the cinema building was reconstructed in 2012-2013 its interiors lost a bit of their retro charm, however the real changes were only applied to the cinema auditorium (which has the most contemporary equipment in town to date - from armchairs to the sound system). At the same time, the film program and the looks of the hall still maintain their reputation: here you can watch rare and old movies, which can be found in no other cinema of Moscow, and enjoy the sights of the hall, heart-melting in its Soviet grandiousity with the small canteen and the old photographs of the Soviet actors on the walls.


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