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Theaters in Moscow - contents: musical theaters • drama theaters
THEATERS. Most of the performances start at 19.00 (7 p.m.), but you better find out the exact time before. Tickets are available in the theatre's box offices or in special common ticket offices, which are usually in the metro. Most of the theatres do not work from the July to September.
moscow / musical theaters
THE BOLSHOI THEATER (Большой театр) is the most famous Russian theatre, so there are more foreigners visiting it, than natives. If you want to go there, buy parterre or amphetheater places, because there's huge hall -- you'll see nothing in the back rows or from the balcony. Tickets should be bought several days before. If you have no tickets, you can buy it before the show near the main entrance, but then the tickets will be very expensive.
Address: Театральная площадь (Teatralnaya ploshad)#1, Phone: 292-0050, 292-9986, Area: Kuznetski Most, metro Teatralnaya (red), Ohotniy ryad (red), just on the Teatralnaya square. Ticket office: tues-sun 12.00-16.00, 16.00-19.00. Entrance: 50-400 roubles (1,7-14 USD). Internet: http://www.bolshoi.ru/
THE NEW OPERA (Новая Опера) is new, comparing with Bolshoy. People always compare these theatres, and for the last several years
The New is going to be best. Great singers, modern nice building with good acoustics, comfortable seats- make it popular. The opera is situated in the Ermitage garden (Сад Эрмитаж) cozy area with two more theatres in it and two clubs, if your are there try to find "Club of Tea culture" the great place to relax drinking best chinese tea. It is situated in the high red building, door is marked with small sign and right after the door there are guards and some offices, just say you are going to drink tea ("hochu chaiy") and they will allow you to pass.
Address: Каретный ряд (Karetniy Ryad)#3, tel. 290-0971, Area: Tverskaya, metro Chekhovskaya (grey), Hermitage garden. Walk out from the metro and walk down the boulevard to the direction opposite of Pushkinskaya square, turn right on Petrovka street, and walk 4-5 minutes, until you see the garden on your left. Internet: http://www.novayaopera.ru/ Ticket office: mon-sun 12.00-19.00. tel: 200-0868. Tickets: 50-500 roubles (1,7-16 USD).
THE GELIKON OPERA (Геликон-Опера) is very popular. Fresh ideas but classic repertoire is their motto. It is hard to buy ticket but you can try.
Address: Большая Никитская (Bolshaya Nikitskaya)#19, tel. 290-0971, Area: Arbat, Tverskaya, metro Arbatskaya (blue), Pushkinskaya (violet). Ticket office: mon-sun 12.00-14.00, 14.30-19.00. Tickets: 50-600 roubles (1,7-20 USD).
moscow / drama theaters
There are about 200 dramatic theaters in Moscow. Most of the time they have traditional repertoire and all the plays there are in Russian. Here are our favorite ones:
MKhAT (Moscow's Art Theatre in the name of Chekov - МХАТ имени Чехова - MHAT Chekov's) is a great classical Russian theatre. Best traditions of Russian Theatre are being carefully kept here. If you want to find out what is the original traditional Russian theatre - it's the place to go. Be careful: there is another MHAT theatre in the name of Gorky - this is bad one.
Address: Камергерский переулок (Kamergerskiy pereulok)#3, Phone: 229-8760. Area: Kuznetski Most, metro Teatralnaya (green), Ohotniy ryad (red). Ticket office: mon-sut 12.00-15.00, 16.00-19.00. Tickets: about 50 roubles (1,7 USD).
TEATER "U NIKITSKIH VOROT - Театр "У Никитских ворот). It's a small theater - 50 places. Interesting traditional repertoire and talented actors. It is always stuffed here.
Address: Большая Никитская (Bolshaya Nikitskaya)#23, tel. 202-8219, Area: Tverskaya, metro Tverskaya (green). Tickets office: mon-sun 12.00-19.00. Tickets: about 50 roubles (1,7 USD).
Debut-Centre (Central Actor House)
Address: Arbat str., 35, 7th floor Nearest Subway: Arbatskaya (A-P Line), Biblioteka Lenina, Borovitskaya, Alexsandrovsky Sad, Arbatskaya (Fil. Line) Phone: 495-248-9106 Fax: 248-0988 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ticket office:tickets can be booked 24-hours
Description:"Debut-center" was open as the Yablochkin House of Actor chamber thetre in 1996, just after the "Moscow Debutes" festival was over. The festival proved that there are many young and very talented directors, actors and dramatists in Moscow who want and can work on their own. "Debut-centre" is an experimental stage for these young people. Authors bring their new plays to the theatre. The theatre does not have a permanent troupe so every time You have got a chance to meet new actors and directors of various art schools.
Zelyony Theatre in Gorky Park Address: Krymsky val ul., 10 Nearest Subway: Park Kultury, Oktyabrskaya
Phone: (495)236-27-16,(495)954-24-12 Ticket office:Daily from 3 p.m. till 7 p.m. Description:The theatre is situated in Gorky park. It's the biggest open theatre in Eastern Europe and can seat 15000. Under the stage and stands there is Stas Namin's studio (SNC). In the summer of 2001 concerts of Placebo and Deftones took place here. Old stands, bas-reliefs ove the stage and rustle of leaves make the theatre a romantic place.
Directions:From "Oktyabrskaya" metro station by theatre bus from 6 p.m. till 6:45 p.m. and after the performance; or you can take trolleybus №4, 7, 33, 62 to "Ulitsa Akademica Petrovskogo" stop.
From "Frunzenskaya" metro station accross Andreyevsky bridge.
Theatre na Pokrovke Address: Pokrovka ul., 50/2 Nearest Subway: Kurskaya, Chkalovskaya
Phone: 495-917-0263 Ticket office:From 16:00 till 18:00, except Monday. Description:The theatre was founded in 1991. Art director - honoured worker of arts of the Russian Federation, laureate of Sate premium of the Russian Federation S.N.Artsibashev.
Moscow Theatre for Youth Address: Mamontovsky per., 10 Nearest Subway: Pushkinskaya
Phone: (495) 299-5360 Ticket office:Daily from noon till 7 p.m., break from 5 p.m. till 4 p.m.
Description:The theatre was opened in 1918. In those times there was a screen for a theatre of shadows and a puppet-show. But with coming of Genrietta Yanovskaya the repertoire of the theatre changed. Now there are two directors in the theatre - Genrietta Yanovskaya and Kama Ginkas, as well as their constant scenographer Sergei Barkhin.
Comic theatre " Quartet E " Address: Lesnaya ul., 18 Nearest Subway: Belorusskaya Phone: 495-250-4115
Ticket office:from 12:00 till 19:00, break 15:00-16:00 Description:"Quartet I" comic theatre was opened in 1994. The troupe was created by graduates of variety faculty of State Institute of Dramatic Art: director Sergei Petreikov and actors Leonid Barats, rostislav Khait, Kamil Larin and Alexander Demidov. Performances are really amusing and funny. The actors write dialogues themselves.
Cinemas in Moscow.
Usually the tickets to Moscow cinemas cost from 50 to 300 R - ($2 to $10) (cheaper on the weekdays in the morning, more expensive in the evening and on the weekends). Some cinemas offer student discounts (ISIC card).
Most of the cinemas listed here show movies in original language with subtitles ("sub`titry" - in Russian), but sometimes the movies are dubbed. They usually write it on the movie ad -- "dubbed" ("dub`lirovan" - in Russian).
The two cinemas in Moscow, where you can always see movies in English language with Russian translation either through headphones or subtitles, are America-Cinema and Dome Cinema. Both are located in popular, but expensive hotels (SAS Radisson, and Olympic Penta). These two cinemas are especially recommended for those, who want to go out with a Russian friend.
Among "alternative" cinemas are 35 MM, Museum of Cinema, and sometimes Rolan. These cinemas show art-house movies, independent productions, and laureates of European Festivals (Berlin, Cannes, etc).
The cinemas below are listed in the order of our preference.
35 MM Cinema. This is our favorite. They have interesting movies, they are careful about what they choose to show: fine european, asian, american, sometimes alternative movies usually in original language with russian subtitles. For example, what they had in the 2000: Henry Fool, American Beauty, Magnolia, Acid House. In the night time they have night non-stop shows (two movies). Decent sound and 11-meter long, not very large, but quite comfortable fancy hall. Cafe in the lobby.
This cinema is located in a nice Moscow area, if you go down to the centrum it can be a really fine walk.
Address: Pokrovskaya ulitsa, #47/24, Phone: 917-1883, 917-5492 (answering machine). Area: Kitai Gorod, metro Krasnye Vorota (red), Kurskaya (blue), Kitai-Gorod (orange)., D2 (#3). Prices: 50R - 450R ($2 - $15)
Museum of Cinema. Favorite place of Moscow's intellectuals and students, it's known for the uniqueness of its repertoire. Usually they show either old movies or alternative new ones. Sometimes there are special shows for the whole week: a week of english movies, of finnish movies etc. There are four halls in all. Many movies are shown in the original language. If it's a good movie it's hard to buy ticket, so come there beforehand - maybe one day before. This cinema is closed in August.
The interior is nothing fancy, but there are some cafes around near the metro.
Address: Druginnikovskaya str #15, Phone: 255-9057, 255-9495, Area: Tverskaya, metro Barrikadnaya, the building of Cinema Center, go in the arch just in front of the metro. , A3 (#8). Prices: 20-100 R ($0,7 - $3 US).
Cinema Center (Kinotsenter). In the same building as the Museum of Cinema (above). They show many different movies every day. There's a big and a small hall, not very comfortable, but nice for seeing a movie. Most of the time they have movies in original language with subtitles.
Located in the same building as Museum of Cinema (see above).
Address: Druginnikovskaya str, #15, tel. 255-9057, 255-9495, Area: Tverskaya, metro Barrikadnaya. A large white building next to the metro. Map: , A3 (#9). Prices: 50-150 roubles (2-6$).
Illuzion. Specializes in old Russian, Soviet, and foreign movies. Sometimes, it is the only place where you can see productions of Soviet filmmakers of 20s or 30s 20th century.
Located in the old Stalin's skyscraper (7 sisters). No cafe inside, but a nice chill-out club "Kult" just across the road.
Address: Kotelnicheskaya emb., #1/15 (Stalin's skyscraper), Phone: 915-4353, 915-4339 (answering machine), Area: Kitai Gorod, metro Taganskaya or Kitai Gorod, located on the bank of Yauza river, in front of Foreign Languages Library and British Council. Map: , D4 (in front of #6). Prices: 20-60 R ($0,7 - $2 US).
Rolan Cinema attracts kind of bohema and "arty" people. This cinema specializes on the new classics - Almodovar, Jarmush, Kusturitsa, Vudi Allen, Joselliani. There are two halls: one for 200 people and another - for 50. Because of the original repertoire Rolan attracts many people: queues in the evenings and on the weekends are quite often. There's pompous foyer and a bar with good selection of drinks.
Movies are usually dubbed.
Address: Chistoprudniy bulvar #12a, Phone: 916-9190, 916-9412, Area: Kitai Gorod, metro Chistie Prudi, Turgenevskaya - walk out of the Chistye prudy metro and then walk 7-10 minutes on the boulevard to the direction of Chistye Prudy (ponds). Map: , C2 (#4). Price: 100 R - 400 R ($3 - $13)
America-Cinema. A cinema in SAS Radisson-Slavyanskaya hotel. Movies are always in original language. American style: popcorn and coca cola at the entrance.
Address: Berezhkovskaya nab. #2 "Radisson-Slavyanskaya" hotel, 2nd floor. tel. 941-8747, 941-8875 (answering), 941-8641 (tickets) Area: Kievskaya metro. Walk out of the metro and walk behind Kievskaya railway station to the direction of Moscow-river there's a large hotel buiding - that's it. Map: , A3 (#3) Prices: 200-400R (8-13$)
A cinema in "Penta Renaissance" hotel. Interesting design of the hall, movies always in original language translated in Russian through headphones.
Nice, but slightly overpriced restaurants and cafes in the lobby.
Address: Olimpiski prospekt, #18/1 "Renaissance in Moscow" hotel, tel. 931-9873 (answering) Area: North Center of Moscow, Prospekt Mira metro (circle). It's better to take a car from the metro for 30 R ($1), say you need "Penta Renaissance" hotel.
Strela. A cinema for lovers. There's a small hall with a small screen and very comfy chairs: you sit low, as if half-lying, looking up at the screen and in the back rows there are seats for two where you can sit together and watch the movie. While watching the movie, you can call a waiter and he'll bring you a drink (for $$). There are non-stop night shows.
There's well-designed expensive bar with a big TV showing movies too (different from those they show in the hall).
Movies are shown only in Russian.
Address: Smolenskaya-Sennaya ploshad)#23/25, tel. 244-0553, Area: Arbat, metro Smolenskaya (blue), Park Kultury (circle).
Zaryadia is a strange cinema. Just in the heart of the city it's stayed like it was in the 1970th with no redecoration, similar to the hotel Rossiya, where it's situated. This place is good only because sometimes they have really nice alternative european movies or special events: for example, a week of Japanese movies in Moscow.
Address: Moskvoreckaya embankment, #1 (In the building of the Hotel Russia), tel. 298-2691, 298-5686, Area: Kitai Gorod, Ohotny ryad (red), Kitai Gorod (orange, violet) - Hotel Rossiya. B4 (#10)
5 stars (5 zvezd).
This is the best cinema hall recently constructed in Moscow. The lobby is very nice and cozy decorated with
brick walls and easy light. There is a huge screen right in
the lobby in the cafe where you can watch sport
competitions. There are 5 halls in the cinema each called
after great cinema men (Rolan, Ptushko, Kurosava, Gaben,
Chaplin) - this is the reason why the cinema hall is called "5 stars".
The seats in the halls are very comfortable and quite large.
Address: Bakhrushina ulitsa, #25, Phone: 953-3328, 953-42-06 (answering machine). http://5zvezd.ru/ Area: Paveletskaya, metro Paveletskaya
(ring line). When you walk out of the metro station you
notice the train station (2 floors, brightlong building), you
should cross the big street (Garden Ring) to be opposite to
the station. Go into the big street which starts from the
underground pass, the cinema hall is in 300 meters. Prices: from $1 (if you Russian pensioner) to $10 (if you a Sunday daytime adult).
Cinema "Solntsevo" Address: Bogdanova ul., 19 Nearest Subway: Prospekt Vernadskogo Phone: 495-795-37-95 (answering machine) www.imperiakino.ru/cinemas/solntsevo/solntsevo.shtml
Ticket office:Tickets are available before shows. Description:It is the only movie theatre of the highest category, situated outside MKAD (Moscow Circle Highway). It can take 560 people. Pavilions are completely renovated and equipped with Dolby Digital Surround EX, sound system. Its stylish interiors, comfortable soft arm-chairs and strong sound allow you to fully enjoy the film. There are three bars in the foyer. In the salad bar you can order as much as you can eat (snacks + first courses) only for 99 rbls. At the same time you can watch the newest film trailers and latest video clips. There is a good car park, pleasant music in the foyer and playing machine-simulators. Comments to prices:Tickets - 50-150 rbl. Type of cinema:modern
Cosmos Address: Prospect Mira, 109 Nearest Subway: VDNKh Phone: (495) 283-56-36, 283-86-67
Ticket office:Tickets are available before shows. Description:The hall can seat 800: the stalls, dress circle, VIP-zone - sofas with tables for 8, 6, 4 and 2 people. Each zone has a radio call of a waiter. The cinema has modern equipment, which enables to show the latest films with marvelous special effects.
Two restaurants work in the cinema: European and Japanese cuisine, fast food, a cocktail-bar, a wine list, a free parking lot. Comments to prices:Tickets: the stalls - 50-150 rbl, VIP-box - 200-500 rbl.
Type of cinema:modern
Cinema "Cinema hall of the Central House of Writers" Address: Bol. Nikitskaya ul., 53 Nearest Subway: Krasnopresnenskaya, Barrikadnaya Phone: (495) 291-63-16 E-mail: email@example.com www.karofilm.ru
Ticket office:Daily from 10 a.m. till 10 p.m. Description:Capacity - 440 people. VIP-box - 32 arm-chairs. Comfortable arm-chairs. Video projector with DVD. Dolby Digital Surround EX sound system.
At the visitors' service: a bar in the foyer, as well as the "Zapiski okhotnika" restaurant.
CHW in the main art-house ground of Moscow. Art-house is an American name for cinemas, where films in foreign languages are shown.
- Independent American cinema;
- films of exotic cinematographies (Uruguay, Korea, Bhutan, Taiwan, Iran and other countries)
- European art-films (well-known directors)
- cultural European films (with small budget and absence of aesthetic radicalism and artistic depth)
Comments to prices:Tickets - 50-140 rbl., at week-ends - 50-160 rbl.
Type of cinema:modern