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Cinema Sõprus


Kino Sõprus is the legend on its own - as the oldest existing cinema in Estonia it is continually considered to be the only real art-house cinema, due to it‘s non-mainstream and quirky film selection. The building with its grand façade itself was commissioned in 1955 at the height of Stalinism and since it was opened received 6-7,000 visitors per day. Since February 2010 the cinema is operated by NPO Black Hand and is mostly privately funded. The elaborate interior has been maintained and meticulously restored under guidance of Mr. Markku Pätilä, set designer for most of Aki Kaurismäki films. Our biggest triumph is, that people are well aware of the brand ‘‘Kino Sõprus‘‘ and that this cinema has well served its audience already for 57 years. Kino Sõprus has regained its street credibility as the Cinema where no compromises are made.
Our main strategy at the moment is, to maintain and to continue the tradition of distributing and exhibiting both classic and contemporary films that do not fit into standard multiplex format. In addition we have organized the space to also provide for other forms of art, whether its music, visual arts, theatre etc.