Leningrad Cinema

Potemkinskaia Ulitsa 4,
St. Petersburg

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This smallish theater on Potemkinskaia Ulitsa is situated close to the Tauride Gardens features mostly Russian fare, and is often one of the host venues for film festivals held in St. Petersburg.

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Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on July 25, 2004 at 9:52 am

It’s curious that this cinema is still called the Leningrad when the city has returned to its previous name of St. Petersburg. I was under the impression that references to the Soviet regime were being erased.

jenabb
jenabb on December 12, 2006 at 9:33 pm

Not necessarily. Many of St. Petersburg’s older residents still refer to the city as Leningrad, and while recognising the shortcomings of the Soviet regime, long for the relative stability of those days. Plus among the city’s younger population, things Soviet have a certain kitsch value (and of course advertisers still make frequent use of the prevalent Soviet colours red, grey and black, and those iconic propaganda posters – see the current Arbat Prestige advertisements, with the cruiser Aurora, for example). For many, I imagine, renaming the cinema would seem unnecessary and more than that, a pity.

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