“Piccadilly” Standard Double Room
Double room with a private bathroom.
In the beginning of the 20th century a new art form started to gain popularity – the cinematography. Of course, St. Petersburg intended to keep up, and in 1913 the city’s first “cinema theater” has been opened with an unusual for a Russian ear name – “Piccadilly”. You can see a memorial plaque in honor of this event in the foyer of the theater.
A merchant Yablonsky has bought a piece of land in the yard of the house on the Nevsky Prospect and invested enough resources so that the theater splendid appearance and interior decoration corresponded to the name of a luxury “Piccadilly” street in London. In “Piccadilly” you could enjoy comfortable chairs, large screen and the latest projection equipment. The theater had no end of public! Gradually the repertoire has expanded, and citizens and guests of St. Petersburg could watch domestic movies, as well as get acquainted with foreign cinematography. During the era of silent movies films were accompanied by a symphony orchestra or pianist. And in the early 1920s none other than Dmitri Shostakovich has been a ballroom pianist in “Piccadilly”; at that time he was a student at the conservatory.
The name “Piccadilly” continued to embarrass the audience; they sent letters to the newspapers saying that a name is unclear for a “simple working man”. So in 1932, “Piccadilly” has been renamed in honor of the “Aurora” revolutionary cruiser. Also in cinema the equipment has been installed to show sound films and then there was also a foyer, a concert hall, and the theater area was doubled.
“Aurora” has not stopped working even during the Siege of Leningrad. In March 1942, the film “Moscow Strikes Back” has been shown; a year later the movie has won the “Oscar”. At the end of the 90s cinema’s historical view has been restored.
“Aurora” has a lot of friends among the actors and directors, and the premieres of domestic films take place there regularly. So the former “Piccadilly” remains one of the most unique movie theaters in St. Petersburg, with its constant tradition and rich history.
In our “Piccadilly” room you just have to nestle down on the bed and enjoy your favorite movie. Dark curtains and comfortable pillows will fall very handy, and posters and illustrations on the walls will help you to take a journey back to the era of the birth of cinema.
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