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Cannery’s House of culture


Address: Nakhimova str., 292

Year of construction: 1959


The Cannery’s House of culture was built at the expense of the Izmail Canning Factory.

The main initiators of the construction were Leonid Maryanchik, the first director of the plant, and Ivan Agayan, head of the repair and construction workshop.

By 1960, a cinema was operating in the House of Culture, which was very rare at that time. The auditorium of the Palace of Culture, designed for 550 seats, was made in the Baroque style, with stucco decorations, painted ceilings.

By 1989, the Cannery’s House of culture, according to the decision of the Izmail City Executive Committee, became the main institution of the created Spectrum leisure center. This center was a cultural and sports complex for employees of enterprises located in the district Yuzhny, as well as all residents of the district. The center was funded by equity holders — a cannery, Izmail shipyard, a reinforced concrete plant, a pulp and paper mill, and SPMK-2. Then, until 1992, 64 clubs and amateur art groups worked in the recreation center, in which more than one and a half thousand workers and members of their families, students of the boarding school and school №8 participated.

In 1989, at the expense of equity holders (more than 100 thousand rubles), the recreation center building was overhauled: the perimeter of the walls was tightened with a steel bar of 20 mm thickness, the concert hall was soundproofed, the foundation was strengthened with liquid glass and concrete, the hall’s internal ceilings were strengthened, the art was restored ceiling painting, purchased new cinema equipment, equipped with a video bar, a foyer for holding discos, installed light and musical equipment, upholstered seats in the auditorium dragged by faux leather.

With the collapse of the USSR, there is no one to finance the House of culture, therefore, in 1992, by the decision of the regional and trade union trade union committee of the cannery, it was closed and its staff sacked.

In the late 90s, local authorities transferred the building to school number 8 for school discos. The disco was called “Black Spider”.

However, already in the early 2000s, an unprofitable institution was mired in debt for water and for light. The disco was closed and the most difficult times came for the building – the lack of security led to raids by robbers and looters, property was stolen and destroyed.

In 2004, the building was transferred to communal ownership, local authorities considered various options for its use – use as a recreation center, placement of the Izmail Archive fund there, etc. However, no funds were found for the reconstruction and the building was put up for auction (unsuccessfully).

Thanks for the information to the former director of the recreation center, Mikhail Ovsienko.

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