Eerikinkatu 15,
Helsinki 00100

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Finnish Film Archive (Official)

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Architects: Selim A. Lindqvist

Functions: Movies (Classic), Movies (Foreign), Movies (Independent)

Styles: Art Deco

Previous Names: Bio Athena, Ritz, Ateena, Athena, Athena-Studio

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 358096.154.0201

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April 2013.

The Orion is considered to be Helsinki’s most beautiful cinema. The seats are especially comfortable. It is operated by the Finnish Film Archive and screens independent and classic films in their original language.

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hugovk on October 4, 2009 at 11:49 am

Here’s a general photo of the building containing the cinema and lots of flats. Nowadays you enter the cinema through the foyer, but the exit hall is shared with residents.

Arkkitehti/architect: Selim A. Lindqvist
Rakennusvuosi/contruction year: 1908
Kaupunginosa/city neighbourhood: Kamppi
Kortteli/block name: Telkkä

Helsinki city blocks are named after animals and plants. Telkkä is the Common Goldeneye sea duck, Bucephala clangula.

More photos:
2005 exterior: http://www.flickr.com/photos/tietoukka/3794330997/
2006 interior: View link
2007 exterior: http://www.flickr.com/photos/me_maya/2155984832/
2008 programme: View link
2008 exterior: View link
2008 exterior: View link

hugovk on October 4, 2009 at 12:04 pm

“The Finnish Audiovisual Archive (KAVA) supports cinematic heritage by restoring old films and showing them in its 216-seat cinema Orion. In recent years, annual audiences totalling 44 000 have seen over 800 screenings yearly. KAVA also conducts research and issues publications.”

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hugovk on October 5, 2009 at 2:07 am

Kino is Finnish for cinema, and this cinema is known simply as Orion, not Kino Orion.

A cinema first opened here in 1929 and it has had many named in the past:

BIO ATHENA 04.03.1928 – 1929,
RITZ 31.03.1929 – 1930,
ATEENA 01.01.1931 – 1934,
ATHENA 04.03.1934 – 1961,
ATHENA-STUDIO 22.09.1961 â€" 1964,
ATHENA 03.01.1964 – May 1964,
ORION 22.5.1964 – present.

The national audiovisual archive (KAVA) (formerly the Finnish film archive, SEA) have been operating the cinema since 09.10.1984.

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strandedatthecinema on February 15, 2014 at 2:28 pm

Well-preserved, modest size. Nice lobby, fairly simple decor in the auditorium. Comfy seats and reasonable ticket prices. I only wish the lobby was five times bigger with a cafe…

Located in a pleasant neighbourhood in central Helsinki with shops, bars, cafes, and restaurants nearby.

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