On January 18th, a presentation of the book Chelyabinsk Cinemas of the 20th Century took place at the Chelyabinsk Public Assembly House. The co-authors of the book were Professor of the Department of Russian and Foreign History of the SUSU Institute of Media, Social Sciences and Humanities Evgeniy Volkov and Associate Professor of the same department Maksim Sapronov. Other authors were local historians Dmitriy Grafov, Iuriy Latyshev, and Mikhail Khabirov. The book was issued by the "Kamenny Poias" [Stone Belt] publishing house at the State Historical Museum of the South Ural Region.
At the presentation, Evgeniy Volkov spoke about a SUSU research project on the comparative history of the Soviet-era cinemas in Chelyabinsk, Moscow, and Leningrad; this work served as the basis for writing his chapter in a new book.
The book covers the history of cinemas in the capital of the South Ural region: from the very first − in the city garden on the island and the electric theatre "Gryozy" (later "Furor") − to the last business project of the 20th century, an open-air cinema theatre on the banks of the Miass River. It mentions the forgotten cinemas "Proletary" and "MYUD" [Youth movement] (which was located on Revolution Square at the beginning of modern Kirovka), the history of wide-screen and large-format screenings, and the history of the only stereo cinema in the region "Rodina". The book is supplied with a large number of archival photographs.