The unique and fully renovated Kannusali opens at the Kannu civil defence shelter in Espoon keskus

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2020-06-08 10:42

The renovation is now in its final stages. This autumn season, visitors to Kannusali once again get to enjoy movies, concerts, theatre, events for all ages and much more!

The renovation began late last year and is expected to be completed by the end of June. One of the very first steps was the donation of the old theatre chairs to the Vana-Antsla summer theatre in Southern Estonia. Then it was time for the actual renovation to begin.

“The old theatre hall was demolished and some excavations were performed to lay groundwork for the new floor. The pouring of concrete was finished before Easter. The final step will be the installation of steel-reinforced theatre balconies and the new seating. A special characteristic of this project has been the need to ensure logistics and safety, as the construction site is deep underground and the confined spaces are also in use at the same time,” says Foreman Joonas Koskinen from Peab.

The refurbished hall will have seating for 220 people. The seating is tiered, ensuring great visibility. As the seating is retractable, the space can also be used for music clubs, concerts, galas and fairs. The floor fits events of up to 300 guests.

KannuKino’s opening event in August

KannuKino will start screening films on Saturday, 29 August. The screenings will take place every Wednesday and Saturday. The number of screenings can also be increased if there is demand. The programme will include an increasing number of children’s movies in their original languages and Finnish-speaking movies with subtitles in English.

On Friday, 28 August, Kannusali will hold an open day, enabling the public to see the new Kannusali and get to know the programme.  The autumn season will include music clubs and family days. The versatile programme will also feature theatre and stand-up nights.

The multiple languages spoken in the area have been taken into account. “In November, we will organise a Finnish-Arabic festival that will feature Hanin Suomi band  and workshops for children.  Our autumn programme will also include rap artists and the powerful blues and rock band Ziggy Wild (EST). Kannusali will also screen a Russian movie called The Mystery of the Dark Room,” says Hamza Amarouche, Project Producer at Kannusali, describing the upcoming programme.

More information about Kannusali.

Photo: Peab Oy