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Cinema

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1964 – 1966

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Culture & Entertainment

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Yerevan
Armenia

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Spartak Kndeghtsyan,Telman Gevorgyan

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Article last edited by ziggurat on
March 10th, 2012

Moscow Cinema Theater open air hall Change this

Yerevan, Armenia
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The Moscow Cinema open air hall in Yerevan was constructed between 1964 and 1966 by architects Spartak Kndeghtsyan and Telman Gevorgyan. It has been one of the best examples of the revived functionalist approaches in post-Stalin Soviet Armenian architecture that were developing parallel to the intensive urbanization of the city of Yerevan.
The Architects transformed a constricted backyard between two buildings into a rationally used space where the combination of concrete forms with developed superfluous spaces mixed with integrated natural elements created a distinguished ensemble in the very heart of Yerevan.
An amphitheater with an extensive foyer underneath, it used to be one of the most popular and active cafes in the city. The wide terrace that united the amphitheater with the sidewalk broke the rigidness of the given topographical geometry by intervening with and obeying it at the same time and allowing the trees on the sidewalk to grow through the firmness of its concrete and in this way created many new perspectives for observing the surrounding reality as well as the very architecture.

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Does anyone know if the Moscow Cinema open air hall in Yerevan still exists?
Fascinating building! Let's ask the Atuuls. I am sure we can find out.
Yes, partially destroyed and almost abandoned condition. You can read lot of information on Facebook group called "Cinema Moscow Open-Air Hall" and good article on http://hayasart.blogspot.com/2010/03/unlayering-historical-yerevan-for-sake.html