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New Cinema Halls open in various cities of Uzbekistan: Tashkent, Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva
25 September 2021
New Cinema Halls open in various cities of Uzbekistan: Tashkent, Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva

As we informed earlier, the 13th International Tashkent Film Festival “Pearl of the Silk Road” opens next week on 28 September 2021 and will last through 3 October 2021 in several cities of Uzbekistan. 

After many years, the event is revived in a totally new format – absolutely bright and innovational style and is aimed mostly at unveiling young talents. This year’s festival is held under the slogan “Peace, Progress and Enlightenment”. The International Film festival covers the cinematography of the countries of Asia, Africa and Latin America.         

“Pearl of the Silk Road” is an innovational platform for exchange of experience with international colleagues and partners. This grandiose cinema marathon promises to become the cultural breakthrough of the year.

As a part of the Tashkent International Film Festival “Pearl of the Silk Road”, six new cinemas will open in various cities of Uzbekistan, such as Tashkent, Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva.

The opening of the Cinema House in Tashkent city, known as “Panoramic”, is expected to be among the most awaited events. Massive reconstruction of the building is currently being held in the cinema theatre, where modern equipment and latest high-technologies are being installed as well.

Huge cinema hall, conference and events halls are also planned to open as a part of the project. But the main highlight of the cinema is going to become the Museum of the Cinema History located in the building. Rare artifacts and exhibits related to the history of the modern local cinematography since its beginning will be in the collection of the museum.

Another event held as a part of the “Pearl of Silk Road” International Festival is the opening of the grand Renaissance Hall in Tashkent city, which can accommodate up to 2 000 people. The closing ceremony of the festival will be organized in the current hall.

Other cinema halls planned to open as a part of the Pearl of the Silk Road are “Family Park” Cinema in Samarkand city with the capacity of 450 units, Bukhara Cinema Hall for 434 people, Chinor Cinema in Bukhara city with accommodation for 225 people and another cinema hall in Bukhara Shopping Center with the capacity of 340 seats.

The ancient city of Khiva will also have a newly reconstructed cinema theater named after Khudoybergan Devanov opening its doors for visitors up to 320 people.

We welcome all those interested in culture of Uzbekistan to visit the events held within the frame of this festival. 


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