Kotelnicheskaya Embankment Building

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This 26-storey tower in the mouth of the Yauza was built in 1952 to the design of well-known Moscow architects Dmitry Chechulin and Andrei Rostkovsky. The building was meant as housing for Soviet dignitaries and celebrities, so Lavrentiy Beria personally supervised the construction. The building with the annexes has some 700 apartments, ranging in comfort level from modest single-rooms to sumptuous four-rooms. Most of the people who lived here were cultural figures in the Soviet Union. The poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko, film director Yuri Lyubimov, actress Faina Ranevskaya, writer Konstantin Paustovsky, and one of the architects of the building, Dmitry Chechulin, lived here at different times. The tower on Kotelnicheskaya Naberezhnaya (Kotelnicheskaya Embankment) has appeared in a number of films, most notably, the Soviet classic Pokrovsky Gate, and more recently, Stilyagi and Brigada. The Illuzion Cinema, which has occupied the ground floor of the building since Soviet years, shows films from archives and festivals, as well as regular movies.