Krugorama Theatre

Prospekt Mira 119,
Moscow 129223

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Located in the north of Moscow nearby to the VDNKh Metro Station and part of the All Russian Exhibition Centre on its south side. The Krugorama Theatre is also known as a 360 degrees Kinopanorama. It was built in 1959 and projects a horizontal 360 degrees panoramic motion picture for 11 synchronously working 35mm film projectors onto 11 screen panels arranged in a cylindrical bricks and glass building. A 9-channel stereophonic sound system is installed.

The Krugorama process was inspired by the 9-strip 360 degrees panoramic motion picture system Circarama which was 16mm based and developed by the Walt Disney Company.

The Krugarama auditorium has a diameter of 28 meters. The cinema has no seats, and accommodates an audience of 150 persons who can stand and move around.

Later 11 more screen panels were added on top of the existing panels, to create a dome-shaped screen. This modification needed a total of 22 35mm film projectors. Later this was replaced by 11 35mm film projectors with anamorphic lenses, which were made by Rathenow in Germany.

The cinema was closed at the end of the 1990’s. It was restored and re-opened in 2006. The repertoire of films consists of films shot in the Soviet era.

Contributed by Ken Roe, Kinospoter
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