Cinema Radio City

Pahlavi Avenue,
Tehran

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This single screen movie theater, with a balcony, opened in 1958, and was designed by noted Iranian architect Heydar Ghiai-Chamlou, who also designed the Iranian Senate House, the Royal Tehran Hilton (now the Esteghlal Hotel) as well as many other cinemas, train stations and private residences throughout Iran.

The Cinema Radio City was noted for its huge curving fa├žade, which was wildly illuminated in colorful neon at night. The theater suffered a bombing in 1973 but didn’t close until the Revolution in 1979. It was afterward stripped of its neon signage and converted into a pharmacy, but today is unused and fallen into disrepair.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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Roloff
Roloff on July 9, 2013 at 5:11 am

The King & I is playing on the postcard, I was told in 1958, the year the cinema opened.

sartana
sartana on August 19, 2013 at 8:12 pm

The address given is wrong. This theatre is located on Pahlavi(Vali-Asr) avenue, not Laleh Zar.

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