Soviet films are an integral part of film history and the Mosfilm studio was
at the heart of many Soviet classic films as it is responsible for both artistic
and mainstream productions. Russian filmmakers have been known as some of the
best in the world, although studios have been much quieter as of late.
There are over 130 cinemas in Moscow and the surrounding area. Tickets cost
from 50 to 300 Rubles (cheaper on the weekdays in the morning, more expensive
in the evening and on the weekends). Some cinemas offer student discounts (ISIC
card). Most cinemas show movies in original language with subtitles, but sometimes
the movies are dubbed.
of Cinema is a favorite of Moscow's intellectuals and students, and
tends to show unique films. Prices: 20-100 R.
There are two cinemas where you can always see movies in English with Russian
translation either through headphones or subtitles. They are America-Cinema
Cinema. Both are located in popular, but expensive hotels (SAS Radisson,
and Olympic Penta).
35 MM Cinema plays interesting movies, from european, to asian, to
american, and sometimes alternative movies usually in original language with
russian subtitles. Prices: 50R - 450R.
specializes in old Russian, Soviet, and foreign movies. Sometimes, it is the
only place where you can see productions of Soviet filmmakers of 20s or 30s.
Prices: 20-60 R.
Russians are known for their ability to drink and dance deep into the night
and into the next day. There is a plethora of clubs, pubs, and elegant wine
bars to facilitate any Muscovite's taste.
Tverskaya Street, also known as Gorky is one of the best known streets to find
an active nightlife crowd. The southern end of Tverskaya Street near the Manege
Square and Red Square also has many expensive and luxurious bars and restaurants
and is considered to be a playground for New Russians and celebrities.
a trendy club that can have tough "Face Control" (Russia's way of letting only
the chosen into the club). Mid-priced drinks, and a hot young vibe make this
a consistent hot spot. Foreigners are actually more likely to get in and mingle
with the sexy Russians.
This wildly popular weekend bar, Tema
Bar, is packed with expats. Located near Chistye Prudy Boulevard, it
boasts a long cocktail list and lots of dancing.
is a great alternative bar with lots of cheap drinks. Great music, a hip
and funky crowd, as well as relatively relaxed door control makes this a consistently
fun place to go.
Tons is believed to be the hottest live music venue in the capital,
attracting top local and foreign bands, who almost always play to a packed house.
The brassy English pub-restaurant downstairs has an excellent house-brewed bitter.
Volts is one of the best of Moscow's gay and lesbian clubs. It offers
good food and cheap drinks, plus consultation service for individuals facing
homosexual issues. This is one of the few hangouts that attracts lesbians as
well as gay men.