Pioner Cinema

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pioner open air

Tickets for Pioner Open Air do not have allocated seats.

Please note. Screenings at Pioner Open Air in Sokolniki Park will only take place when at least 10 tickets are sold.

Tickets for Pioner Open Air do not have allocated seats.

Please note. Screenings at Pioner Open Air in Gorky Park will only take place when at least 15 tickets are sold.


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 Cinema opened in its current form in October 2009, and quickly became the main gathering place for enthusiasts of real cinema, who demanded high image and sound quality and who preferred to watch films in their original languages with subtitles. The cinema’s repertoire include the biggest box-office hits, from art-house to art-mainstream and auteur blockbusters. Pioner is a “popcorn-free cinema,” which does much to define its atmosphere.

At Pioner on Kutuzovsky, there are 2 screening halls, each with 84 seats. The cinema is fitted with cutting-edge equipment, allowing for screening in any format, from 3D projection to film.

Over the course of the year, Pioner hosts various film festivals, along with national “film weeks” — including French, Israeli, and Polish cinema, among many others.

Pioner is also the official home of the Moscow International Film Festival, and is part of the International Confederation of Art Cinemas (CICAE) and Europa Cinemas.

Pioner regularly hosts festivals, retrospectives, and film nights, as well as premieres of significant Russian and foreign films. Over the past several years, Pioner has hosted Francis Ford Coppola, Paul Verhoeven, Tim Burton, Otar Iosseliani, Isabelle Huppert, Fanny Ardant, Louis Garrel, Rutger Hauer, Jiri Menzel, Nanni Moretti, and many others.

In summer 2014, Pioner launched the “At the Cinema, At Last” programme, which allows audiences to see restored versions and full directors’ cuts of the masterpieces of world cinema, which have never been released in Russian theatres.

As befits its name, Pioner has more than once led the way in adopting new film forms, not always directly connected with the classic film repertoire. It was at Pioner that audiences first were able to see popular foreign TV series on the big screen — for example, “Breaking Bad,” “The Big Bang Theory,” “South Park,” “The Young Pope,” and the best Russian series of recent years, “The Thaw.”

Pioner’s mission is not limited to film screenings: the cinema ordered a special printing of three books analyzing the state and development of contemporary film industries in France, Poland, and Israel, as well as research dedicated to the cinema scene in France.

The Pioner brand also includes two summer cinemas in Gorky Park and Sokolniki Park. Pioner Open Air in Gorky Park is the biggest open-air cinema in Russia, seating over 400 patrons. Meanwhile, Pioner Open Air in Sokolniki Park is designed for approximately 300.

Pioner’s summer cinemas are open from May through October, and work in all weather. The cinemas feature the most cutting-edge equipment, allowing audiences to watch in formats ranging from 3D projections to original film stock. Pioner Open Air hosts various festivals, special screenings, premieres and, during the day, lectures, master classes, concerts, and even theatrical performances and poetry readings.

In 2017 Pioner started its own distribution business — following the breakthrough activity of the movie chain and expanding it. Pioner’s portfolio contains more than 50 films including animation blockbusters — Maya the Bee: The Honey Games, Minuscule 2, Shaun the Sheep 2; films featuring world’s famous actors — Jude Law and Natalie Portman (Vox Lux), Gary Oldman (Mary), Michael Caine (My Generation), Charlotte Gainsbourg (Promise at Dawn), Emily Mortimer (The Bookshop), as well as documentaries about the most outstanding fashion designers — McQueen, Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist, Dries, Lagerfeld Confidential, We Margiela, etc. Pioner Cinema Distribution Company works with the world’s most prominent film companies — Sierra/Affinity, Gaumont, Studiocanal, Pathé, Futurikon, TF1, Wild Bunch, Embankment Films, Dogwoof, and shows its films not only in Russia, but also in the Baltic and CIS countries.

Cafe Pion is a “auteur’s restaurant,” where guests can grab a quick bite before a screening or have dinner with a large group. The head chef is Anatoly Filatov. Next to Pioner Open Air in both Gorky Park and Sokolniki Park are food stands. In summer 2016, Pion Craft Bar opened in Sokolniki Park, with a wide selection of craft beer and snacks designed by the head chef.

The Pioner Cinema bookstore reopened after a complete remodel, under the new name Pioner Bookstore. After 5 years of work with various partners, we decided that it was time for a change and came up with our own kind of bookstore, designed with the desires of the cinema’s patrons in mind.
Open daily from 12.00 to 22.00.

At Pioner Bookstore, you can find more than just the most recent book releases – we regularly hold lectures, book presentations, and discussions.

+7 499 240 52 40

In December 2016, the famous “Khudozhestvenniy” Cinema became part of the Pioner group. One of the oldest active cinemas in the world, it was originally opened under the name “Khudozhestvenniy Electrotheatre” in 1909, and worked continuously until 2014, when it was closed for renovations. From 1912 to 1913, the cinema was rebuilt by the famous architect Fedor Shekhtel, who decorated its façade with classical bas-reliefs. Later they were removed, but will be restored in time for the reopening of the cinema. Pioner plans to return the building its historical image, and bring the city’s premiere cinema back to Muscovites and visitors.

Photo taken in 1949. Courtesy of the Architecture Museum.