Russia's decaying movie palaces

With more and more cinemas in Russia losing out to multiplexes, photographer Sergey Novikov sought to capture the old buildings in their new incarnations — sometimes abandoned, sometimes used for discos and fairs or taken over by Jehovah's Witnesses. Breathless was shot in Moscow and St Petersburg between 2010 and 2011 by Novikov, a graduate of the Rodchenko Moscow School of Photography and Multimedia. "I prefer an engrossing film to disgusting popcorn," he says. "I don't mind shifting about in a squeaky chair, soaking in the atmosphere of an old cinema. Unfortunately, the films have already left them."

A photographer’s ode to Russia’s dying movie theatres [Maryam Omidi and Sergey Novikov/Calvert Journal]

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  1. We had gloriously tacky fake Deco on one side of the Curtain, Palaeo-future Brutalism on the other, and now we've both got multiplexes in huge sheds. With horrible purple carpet, probably.

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