One of a Kind Vintage Soviet Panoramic Cinema

One of a Kind Vintage Soviet Panoramic Cinema

A vintage Soviet panoramic cinema was found to be still working in Moscow. Here is a story about the place, as told by Irina M. who currently works there. The facility that was built in 1959 included twenty two cinema projectors and twenty two screens running simultaneously. Nine speakers were installed in the floor to create surround sound. Back in 1959., the movies were created with a special rig of synchronised cameras placed in circle. It makes me think of the modern Google maps camera rigs, which are placed on cars. As Irina says, the setup could be placed on top of a car, a boat or even a moving train, and could be controlled remotely.

One of a Kind Vintage Soviet Panoramic CinemaOne of the current projectors.

One of a Kind Vintage Soviet Panoramic Cinema

The cinema building now, its round too.

One of a Kind Vintage Soviet Panoramic Cinema

And the building in earlier times.

One of a Kind Vintage Soviet Panoramic Cinema

The panoramic movies were in production up until 1993!

One of a Kind Vintage Soviet Panoramic Cinema

One of a Kind Vintage Soviet Panoramic Cinema

Sometime later, in 1965, the panoramic cinema was rebuilt. To reduce the costs, the twenty two projector – camera setup was changed to eleven camera – projectors. It looks like each projector was numbered, and had its own emergency start – stop button.

One of a Kind Vintage Soviet Panoramic Cinema

The projectors are also numbered. As Irina says, there were two devoted women who took care of all these vintage machines, and mainly thanks to their efforts, the panoramic cinema is still working today.

One of a Kind Vintage Soviet Panoramic Cinema

The projectors were upgraded Russian movie projectors and the soundtrack was not included on the reels as the sound was recorded and played separately. The framerate was 25 fps instead of usual 24.

One of a Kind Vintage Soviet Panoramic Cinema

One of a Kind Vintage Soviet Panoramic Cinema

One of a Kind Vintage Soviet Panoramic Cinema

One of a Kind Vintage Soviet Panoramic Cinema

And that’s a soundtrack player, as there were nine separate speaker channels the soundtrack was ┬árecorded on multiple channels.

One of a Kind Vintage Soviet Panoramic Cinema

One of a Kind Vintage Soviet Panoramic Cinema

One of a Kind Vintage Soviet Panoramic Cinema

These devices handle the sound and motion picture synchronization.

One of a Kind Vintage Soviet Panoramic Cinema

One of a Kind Vintage Soviet Panoramic Cinema

And these are the movie rolls in storage. You can see how many rolls of film were needed for each movie.

One of a Kind Vintage Soviet Panoramic Cinema

One of a Kind Vintage Soviet Panoramic Cinema

One of a Kind Vintage Soviet Panoramic Cinema

In Soviet times, they say that the facility was very popular among people and the viewing area was even not equipped with chairs, but people stood and watched the movie. It could hold three hundred visitors at one time, however usually a bigger number of tickets than the actual capacity was sold.

Today the place is open three times a week and has five show times a day. The price of the ticket is roughly $4.50.

One of a Kind Vintage Soviet Panoramic Cinema

One of a Kind Vintage Soviet Panoramic Cinema

 

One of a Kind Vintage Soviet Panoramic Cinema

One of a Kind Vintage Soviet Panoramic Cinema

One of a Kind Vintage Soviet Panoramic Cinema

One of a Kind Vintage Soviet Panoramic Cinema

One of a Kind Vintage Soviet Panoramic Cinema

One of a Kind Vintage Soviet Panoramic Cinema

One of a Kind Vintage Soviet Panoramic Cinema

One of a Kind Vintage Soviet Panoramic Cinema

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