When you say Avrora in St. Petersburg, there are two top meanings: the old historical ship that stays near Gor’kovskaya and attracts tourists… and the spot I’m speaking about, the old and beautiful movie theatre.
Sadly, there are few spots you can watch original movies with Russian subtitles in St. Petersburg. Avrora adds itself to the short list where you also find Dom Kino, Rodina or Angleterre. But this spot is not only good as a way to savor movies but it is also remarkable because of its location and appearance.
First, it stands not on Nevsky but in the yard between high yellow St. Peter’s buildings. I always find myself smiling when entering this yard with cute Avrora’s facade (female sculpture under the glass!). When the cinema was first opened in 1913, it was named Picadilly, and you can easily spot the circularity they referred to. Of course, you know Picadilly Circus.
Second, the interiors are amazing. They were cleaned but they really are the same from the beginning of the 20th century. I personally love the VIP hall where seats are armchair-like and the ceiling is so high there are sculptures under it (look at the article picture).
Most of the movies in theaters in Russia are dubbed (sadly for a visitor). Check for “с субтитрами” words (“subtitled” in Russian) in the timetable to catch those that are not dubbed.