Cinema Radio City
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Architects: Heydar Ghiai-Chamlou
Styles: Streamline Moderne
This single screen movie theatre, with a balcony, opened in 1958, and was designed by noted Iranian architect Heydar Ghiai-Chamlou, who also designed the Iranian Senate House, the Royal Tehran Hilton (now the Esteghlal Hotel) as well as many other cinemas, train stations and private residences throughout Iran.
The Cinema Radio City was noted for its huge curving façade, which was wildly illuminated in colourful neon at night. The theatre suffered a bombing in 1973 but didn’t close until the Revolution in 1979. It was afterward stripped of its neon signage and converted into a pharmacy, but today is unused and fallen into disrepair.
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