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22-06-2012, 16:37
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Summertime, and Moscow is…hot. Or rainy. Or dusty. The weather here does not often align with outdoor plans – but when it cooperates, this is a great season to enjoy the city’s natural beauty. Summer nights offer the ideal weather to take a stroll in one of the city’s many spectacular parks, relaxing in the warm glow of sunset and the fading buzz of the day’s activity. So what to do when the obligation to enjoy the rarely ideal weather collides with the guilty desire to laze around and watch a movie? Moscow’s summer open-air cinemas offer a unique opportunity to take advantage of the pleasant temperatures while indulging in a film.

There are three outdoor movie theaters up and running – one in Gorky Park, another at Krasnaya Presnya, and a new one that just opened on June 21 in the All-Russia Exhibition Center, or VVTs (few details were available at press time except that it has a 16-meter screen and seating for 200). Moscow’s Culture Department plans the debut of a string of other open-air cinemas around town, numbering 70 in total. Many, such as the theaters at Sokolniki, Hermitage Garden and Muzeon, are still under construction – but most should open within the coming weeks. Check the websites of these parks throughout the summer for more details.

Gorky Park: Pioner Theater

9 Ul. Krymsky Val, (499) 237 0707, (495) 240 5240. m. Park Kultury, Oktyabrskaya, www.park-gorkogo.com/cinema/

Gorky Park’s outdoor cinema runs every night of the week. There are two or three movies each evening, with the first usually starting around 10:30 p.m. and the last as late as 3 a.m. It screens a mix of 2-D and 3-D films, mostly Hollywood blockbusters and well-known independents, such as “The Dictator,” “Invisible” and “Pina. Dancing Dreams.” The movies are often shown in the original language with Russian subtitles, and the park provides pillows, blankets and (if needed) raincoats for the viewing comfort of the audience, free of charge. Capacity of the theater area is 370, so be sure to arrive early to obtain a seat. Ticket prices range from 300 to 450 rubles, with a 30 percent discount for students and pensioners. For the full schedule of screenings, visit http://www.pionercinema. ru/cinefantom/1458.html.

Krasnaya Presnya Park: Estrada Cinema

5 Mantulinskaya Ul., (495) 259 2798, (495) 256 1302, m. Ulitsa 1905 Goda, www.mosgor-park.ru/ru/parks/krasnaya_ presnya

Though the screenings at Krasnaya Presnya are slightly more limited, they offer another great advantage – all movies are free of charge. Estrada Cinema runs an international selection of popular Hollywood movies as well as arthouse projects. The screen is mounted on the park’s main stage, with wooden benches and tables available for seating, and a cafe sells drinks and pastries nearby. The cinema offers one film per evening, Thursday through Sunday, starting each night at 9:30 pm. For the weekly schedule, visit afisha. yandex.ru/msk/places/54438/

Reported by Moscow News