Free cinema opens for homeless in Moscow

Volunteers with support of officials open outdoor cinema for homeless people of Moscow

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

Updated Jul 28, 2015

A Moscow charity opened a cinema for homeless people in the Russian capital with the support of Russian officials. Comedy movies are on screen for the opening and snacks are offered for the event.  

The cinema is set up in a tent and can host about 100 people near the busy Yaroslavsky Station. According to Russian media outlets, the cinema will be open over the course of the summer.

The project is organised by the homeless charity called “Friends on the Street.”  The films are free of charge and free food is offered before showings. 

There will be screenings every month and the audience will be voting for what they want to watch. 

The opening movie for the event was “Operation Y” and the Adventures of Shurik” - a 1960s Soviet Union comedy, chosen according to voting results. 

Natalya, one of the organisers, told TV channel Mir24 that "People voted for something good, old-fashioned and Soviet." 

Local official Igor Abramov tweeted: "On July 19 in Moscow, a summer cinema was opened for homeless people, and will screen Soviet movies once a month." 

Russia's homeless make up about two percent of Russia's population.

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