In 1983 Norilsk shone on big screens and drawing boards

In 1983 Norilsk shone on big screens and drawing boards

January 26, 2023

In 1983, a film shot in Norilsk was released on the country screens. It was the Mosfilm movie To the Friends directed by Vladimir Levin.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. The leading role in To the Friends was played by a former Norilsk resident, film actor Alexander Solovyov. The film was shot in the summer of 1982 on the city streets, in cafes, even in the roasting shop of the Nickel plant.

Back in 1983, at the international film forum Viela le Madrid in Spain, the award for the best film about animals was won by the Norilsk television studio cameraman work Yury Ledin, In the Polar Bears’ Homeland.

In addition, the start of large and significant construction projects took place in 1983, which eventually became local attractions. The bakery was commissioned after reconstruction, and the construction of a new dairy plant began jointly with the Finns. After ten years of construction, the architects moved into the new building of Norilskproekt.

Back in 1983, the construction of two iconic houses began: a shamrock-shaped building with a Karat jewelry store on the ground floor and a new temple of Melpomene – the drama theater. The construction of the latter began with a solemn pile driving on April 2 on the square, which years later would be called Theater square. At a city meeting, a commemorative medal was placed under the first pile. The theater was designed by a group of young architects from Norilskproekt led by Anatoly Chernyshev. The theater construction lasted four years: the commission accepted it on December 31, 1986 with an excellent mark.

And one more event of the year: in April, a seminar-competition for the best architectural and planning idea of the new residential area Oganer was held. Ten creative teams of architects from Moscow, Leningrad, Krasnoyarsk and Norilsk presented models of the future Oganer. None of the presented projects became the undisputed winner, it was decided to take the best from each one.

In the History Spot’s previous publication, we told how in 1978 Norilsk celebrated 25 years since it was given city status.

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Text: Svetlana Ferapontova, Photo: Nornickel Polar Branch archive

January 26, 2023

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