Zhovten Kino

26, Kostyantyinvs'ka Street,
Kiev

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Zhovten Kino

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Zhovten Kino (which means October Cinema) is a film theatre, located in the historical part of Kyiv (Kiev), the capital city of Ukraine. It opened in 1931 as the Devyatoe Goskino (Ninth State Cinema). It had a seating capacity for 680. The building contained a range of entertainments available to the public: There were rooms for chess, checkers and domino games, a library and a shooting gallery in the basement. It was one of the first cinemas in the USSR to have sound equipment installed.

During the fascist occupation of Kiev (1941-1943) the cinema was still open, but it was re-named Gloria Kino. During that period of time, the cinema was seriously damaged, and the equipment and furniture were removed.

In 1943 the movie theatre received its current name – Zhovten Kino. It was rebuilt, and at that time there were 783 seats.

In 1960, a new 300-seat auditorium was constructed in the building. New films were presented to the audience every week. In the 1960’s and 1970’s the Zhovten Kino began to be a location for a range of Soviet film festivals.

In the 1980’s and 1990’s, more reconstructions were done, and the Zhovten Kino became a 5-screen cinema, with 717 seats. There is now also a popcorn bar and a cafĂ© in the building.

The auditoriums are equipped with both film and digital projectors. The Zhovten Kino offers popular Hollywood movies, but is mostly known for a wide selection of arthouse films. Programmes of various festivals, such as the Molodist International Film Festival, New Vision International Short Film Festival and others are screened at the Zhovten Kino annually.

The Zhovten Kino has been a member of the Europa Cinemas network since 2008. It is possible to buy tickets online, at the cash desk or via a ticket terminal inside the cinema.

Contributed by Olha Sushko
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