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5 An Abandoned Soviet Cultural Center

An Abandoned Soviet Cultural Center

Posted on April 7, 2014 by tim


As the photographer says: “In Soviet times authorities paid greater attention to the leisure time of Soviet citizens. In the 70’s and 80’s a lot of Dom Kulturi (or House of Culture in Russian or Cultural Centers) were built. Movies were shown there, and dance and music classes were held both for adults and for kids. They were named as a rule after the factory or college which they belonged to.” Then the author says that in the city where she was growing up, there were a few Dom Kultury. One of them was (unofficially) called “Steklyashka” (piece of glass) and another was called “Neutrino” – that’s because her city was connected with nuclear power for the Soviet Union. “So this Dom Kultury I visited also belongs to some factory … this is probably the most beautiful house of culture I ever visited.” So we can check if it really is as beautiful as the author finds it, right inside this post.

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5 Responses to “An Abandoned Soviet Cultural Center”

  1. Ralph says:

    Great place. I hope readers I Russia can’t identify it or it will soon be f***ed up like many of the other sites you show us.

  2. Dan says:

    This is a shame really. Under the Communist system, the arts was the only area of self-expression tolerated; within specific limits . Now the outlets are sex, drugs, rock-and-roll. That’s okay too, also within limits, but people don’t know where those limits are.
    Let’s face it; people have to be told what to do.

  3. Risu says:

    I love those stained glass windows! It’s shame they couldn’t put that building to some new use!

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