Blank Movie Screens - The Lost Cinemas of Kallio walking

16.9.2016

However, the eastern downtown returns to the map of Cinema in the autumn of 2016, when theatre Riviera, which has been closed since 1982, opens its doors again in Harjukatu.
However, the eastern downtown returns to the map of Cinema in the autumn of 2016, when theatre Riviera, which has been closed since 1982, opens its doors again in Harjukatu.

Back of the days Helsinki was considered as the best city of Nordic Cinema. There were more than 30 movie theatres only at the Kallio district during the years. In the 1939 there were 48 venues showing films in downtown of Helsinki and 12 of those were in eastern downtown. The golden age of cinemas came to an end at 1960´s. The last movie theatre in Kallio, named Arena, was shut down in 1993. However, the eastern downtown returns to the map of Cinema in the autumn of 2016, when theatre Riviera, which has been closed since 1982, opens its doors again in Harjukatu. Kallio´s walking-festival tour explores the history of various cinemas that have dotted the Kallio area. Tour takes you on a journey into cinematic history. Some of the cinema halls still exist, but they now have gyms, religious communities- and even Alko (liquor store) - inside those walls.

Delivery: Noora Lindroos, Maiju Rohkea, Riitta Luukkola, Juhani Styrman

Photo: Olli Aaltonen, Jussi Nenonen, Helsinki City Museum, Museum of Finnish Architecture.