Controversy about takeover of movie house by Siberian protestants


by Ekaterina Romanova

Komsomolskaia Pravda Kemerovo, 9 September 2020


On social networks a stormy discussion is under way: what will be in the movie theatre "Sibir"? According to unofficial information, a church will be here.


Novokuzhetsians are upset: in the building of what once was a popular movie theatre, a protestant church may be opened. Moreover, the majority has nothing against a church—but in a different place. After all, for almost two decades citizens have been waiting for reconstruction of the "Sibir" to begin and wondering whether it will preserve its cultural profile.


"The building of the former 'Sibir' movie theatre does not belong to the municipality. Since the time of its closing, several owners have already changed. At the present time we do not have information of just what will be located in this building," the press service of the administration of the city of Novokuznetsk responded to a question.


As of the present, repair work is underway in the building. There are no notices indicating just what will be here after reconstruction. However, according to an informed source, a protestant church may yet be located here.


KP information: The "Sibir" movie theater in Novokuznetsk was, at the time of its opening in the 60s of the 20th century, the largest in the city and oblast. Wide-screen films were shown here. Toward the end of the 1990s, the building began to deteriorate, and gradually films ceased being shown. In the final analysis, the building was turned into a kind of shopping center. (tr. by PDS, posted 9 September 2020)

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