Helsinki Kinopalatsi was opened in autumn 1998, and at the time it was the first multiplex cinema in Finland with its 10 high quality cinema auditoriums.
The first cinema at Kinopalatsi's location opened already in 1939: Metropol was a 1000-seat cinema and for a long time the largest one in Helsinki. The cinema's name changed over the years, first to Boston and then Formia. In the early 1980's the large cinema auditorium was split into four smaller ones. During the major construction of Kinopalatsi the aim was to bring the old Metropol cinema to a new grandeur. The original auditorium balcony was renovated with its original layout in mind with the assistance of National Board of Antiquities (Museovirasto). This auditorium is now Kinopalatsi 2. The auditorium has a real 1930's atmosphere even though the seats and cinema technology are top modern.
Kinopalatsi's lobby combines old and new. The box office and interios next to Kinopalatsi 2 have been restored to resemble the original 1930's appearance with mirrorwalls and mahogany pillars. Also the other auditoriums and lobbies are modern yet they respect the traditions of the cinema. The lobbies combine cherry wood flooring, marble and glass surfaces.
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Kaisaniemenkatu 2, 00100 Helsinki