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Pioner Kids

10 January - 26 December


The History of Russian Cinema in 50 Films

28 November - 26 December

pioner open air

Pioner Open Air at Gorky Park and Pioner Open Air at Sokolniki Park are closed untill May 1, 2017.

Pioner Open Air at Gorky Park and Pioner Open Air at Sokolniki Park are closed untill May 1, 2017.


On Tuesday, 26 April, at Pioner will be a presentation of the book “French Cinema: A Sold-Out Century” by Joel Chapron and Priscilla Jessati, printed on special order by Pioner. After Pioner will host the premiere of Lucas Belvaux’s romantic comedy, “Pas son genre” (“Not My Type”).

Reception and presentation – 20:30
Screening – 21:30

“French Cinema: A Sold-Out Century” is a new work by Joël Chapron and Priscilla Jessati, dedicated to the history of cinema’s development in France – the country which did not just create the technology of the cinema, but made a colossal investment in the development of film as a national, social, and urban phenomenon. The authors of the book are already well-known for their scholarly work, “Principles and Mechanisms of Financing in French Film” (2011), also printed on special order by Pioner.

The French model of the “film circuit” – that is, building cinemas and the required audience – appeared when cinematography itself had only appeared as a discipline, and has since served as a prime example for many countries. Cinema in France enjoys the support of the government, which takes the form of much more business-friendly regulatory conditions – and thanks to this, France remains the most “cinema-centric” and “well-watched” country in the world. Joël Chapron and Priscilla Jessati’s book analyses the many complex aspects of the French film circuit, and traces in detail its history, which is inseparably linked with the history of the cinema itself. The work contains numerous valuable facts and expert accounts which will undoubtedly be useful not only for representatives of the film industry, but for all lovers of the art of film. 

“French Cinema: A Sold-Out Century” continues Pioner’s publishing series about the structure and support of cinema in other countries. Besides research into the principles of French film financing, Pioner has printed such books as “The System of Financing and Support of Cinema in Poland after 2005” (Marcin Adamczyk, 2012) and “The Israeli Film Industry: The System and Its Specifics” (Marat Parkhomovsky, 2013).

“French Cinema: A Sold-Out Century” can be purchased in Pioner Bookstore.

High quality reprints of unique film posters — “Manhattan” by Woody Allen, “Snatch” and “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels” by Guy Ritchie and others — available at Pioner Bookstore.

Film posters include “Manhattan” by Woody Allen, “Snatch” and “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels” by Guy Ritchie, “The Grand Budapest Hotel” by Wes Anderson, “The Terminator” by James Cameron, “Birdman” by Alejandro González Iñarritu, “Interstellar” by Christopher Nolan, “A Space Odyssey” by Stanley Kubrick, “Blade Runner” by Ridley Scott, “Rashômon” by Akira Kurosawa, “Blow-Up” and “L’Eclisse” by Michelangelo Antonioni. Plus 40 more posters — appearing just as they were created originally and just as they were exhibited at the movie theatres.

Every poster has gone through a thorough repress and is printed on thick satin photo paper. Information and pre-order: books@pioner-cinema.ru

On September 5th and 6th Pioner Bookstore will present its collection at the Book Market Festival, which will take place at one of the oldest trading venues of Moscow: Danilovsky market. Opening hours: 9:00–21:00.

The programme of the Book Market Festival includes presentations, lectures, round-table discussions, plays readings and the opportunity to meet the authors. To see the full Book Market Festival schedule please follow the link.

pion cafe



Pioner was reopened in October 2009 and shortly after became one of the most significant cultural venues of Moscow. It’s a place with an attitude, where conditions of film experience, such as high-quality projection, priority of subtitles over dubbing as well as general anti-popcorn policy, are as much important as films themselves.


Pioner's lineup always offers the best of contemporary cinema: from films of Michael Haneke and Lars von Trier to unconventional mainstream and innovative blockbusters. Member of Europa Cinemas and CICAE, it pays special attention to European cinema and presents the whole spectrum of its genres and forms – from low-budget features and festival hits to documentaries, shorts and animation.


Each year Pioner hosts various film festivals as well as weeks of French and Israeli cinema. One of its highlights is BRICK, the annual festival of British cinema launched and programmed solely by Pioner. In the past few years Pioner has organised retrospectives of Bela Tarr and Seijun Suzuki, Paul Verhoeven and Alfred Hitchcock, Alexei German and Alexei Balabanov among others. It permanently collaborates with the Moscow Film Museum, UNIFRANCE, BFI and other national and international film institutions.


Pioner is the only cinema in Russia that screens undistributed Russian art-films and makes theatrical premieres of artistic TV series. It has screened Breaking Bad, The Big Bang Theory and South Park.
The Thaw (Ottepel'), obviously the best Russian TV series of the past years, had been also shown in Pioner before it officially premiered on TV.
Apart from its theatrical activities Pioner has launched the series of books on contemporary film funding and already published three of them, focused on French, Polish and Israeli film industries respectively.


Pioner Open Air is the biggest open-air cinema in Russia, with the capacity of more than 350 viewers. It is located in Moscow's Gorky Park and operates daily from May till October, regardless of weather conditions. In case it is cold there are warm plaids, and in case it rains there are umbrellas and raincoats. Sharing the attitude of Pioner, it has a diverse cultural program that includes festival of “architectural  cinema”, series of lectures on classic Soviet films, program of documentaries, night screenings of established American TV series as well as concerts of music and even theatre performances which run in the afternoons, before it gets dark and time for films starts


Pion is a cosy restaurant located in Pioner. It serves classic European dishes and offers a variety of drinks.

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