About the project
Leningrad Center is a center of modern entertainment culture, offering art beyond all formats and frameworks. Leningrad Centre is situated in a historical mansion, and the repertoire of this large-scale cultural project brought together and merged several formats of entertainment genre — from unique show programs to exhibitions and movie screenings.The mansion on Potemkinskaya Street is as old as a hundred years, and the history behind is closely connected with the culture, art and social life of the city.
Before the revolution it housed exhibitions of the Russian Imperial Society of Horticulture, while in the middle of the XX century the Leningrad panoramic movie theater was located here. In early 2000-s, the building was reconstructed by Ricardo Bofill, the living legend of architecture. Having preserved the cultural function of the building, he filled it with modern content, which corresponds to the utmost current global trends in the field of urban cultural venues.
The Large stage of Leningrad Centre is one of the most technologically advanced Russian venues, designed to seat 300 spectators. Its technical equipment includes dozens of moving mechanisms and screens, 3D-curtains designed by Pavel Kaplevich, Europe’s largest motional light system and dozens of scene transformation mechanisms. All these features allow to create shows of incredible beauty, which have no analogues in our country. The Large stage features the main repertoire of Leningrad Centre — supercolorful dynamic shows that will not fit into the framework of any of the existing genres. The performances combine multimedia technologies, all kinds of choreography, virtuosic circus stunts, vocals, drama, comedy and physical theatre. These shows are the icon of Leningrad Centre.
The Small stage is a chamber space, where there is room for improvisation and experiments. Within the framework of the Literature Lessons project, well-known young actors read pieces of classical poetry with multimedia support and live music accompaniment. They also stage The Facade Keeper here, a show based on the book by Sergey Dovlatov. However, the most striking event on the Small stage is the provocative LOVESICK performance – an exquisite and courtly show, tickets to which are always sold out in a twinkling of an eye.
Leningrad Centre Gallery hosts expositions in a variety of genres. Many exhibitions provide for free admission. The central foyer, located on the ground floor, was designed by Spanish designer Marta de Villavongo. Preserving the solemn atmosphere of the space, she placed the largest video wall in Europe here, consisting of 99 displays. Passing through the wall, the spectators find themselves on the Main stage.
On days when there are no shows in the repertoire, the Large stage turns into a cinema in “no-popcorn” format. Here they show original versions of movies with subtitles, festival films, premieres in the presence of directors, actors and critics, and also broadcast operas, ballets and significant performances from the world's leading theater stages.
The Block restaurant by Alexander Rappoport is located on the roof of the building. The restaurant offers creative Russian cuisine with domestic meat of highest quality, which is in many ways superior to foreign food. The interior is decorated in national romantic style and Leningrad avant-garde style, and has 19 fireplaces, avant-garde multimedia light canvases, two terraces and a view of Tavrichesky Garden.