Pioneer Cinema

Address: Kutuzovsky pr., 21, Moscow, Russia
Client: Centromobile Pioneer
Design work: May 2008 – October 2008
Construction work: October 2008 – October 2009
Heads of Wowhaus: Dmitry Likin, Oleg Shapiro
Principal architects: Anastasiya Rychkova, Alexey Shapovalov
Photographs: Ilya Ivanov

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The interior of the Pioneer Cinema is an ode to the ‘grand style’ of this Stalinist house, which was built on Kutuzovsky prospekt in Moscow in 1953.


To breathe new life into an unpopular cinema by reviving its historical style of interior decoration and creating a café and bookshop.


To strip off later additions to the fabric and return to the architect’s initial intentions; and at the same time to radically redesign the layout, proposing an unusual solution for the ancillary rooms.

The lobby

Cinema hall

Cinema hall

Perforations on the staircase

Café Pion. First floor.
Café Pion. Second floor.
Café Pion.
The ladies’ and gentlemen’s lavatories

Floor plans

Plan of the first floor
1. ticket hall
2. hall
3. cinema №1
4. cinema №2
5. Café Pion

Plan of the mezzanine
1. Respublika bookshop
2. Café Pion

Plan of the basement
1. gentlemen’s lavatory
2. ladies’ lavatory
3. kitchen