Forever Under Construction

Cinema Pardis

Posted in Architecture, Iran, Tehran by homeyra on May 23, 2009

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Seldom I like anything among new constructions in Tehran but this new building, adjacent to one of Tehran’s internal highways, intrigued me.  I was glad to learn that it is a cinema complex. Last night we went to see a movie, and mainly the building.

The following – not so great- pictures are taken with a cellphone.


Cinema Pardis is built by Tehran municipality and it  is located between the Mellat Park and a highway. Here is the building seen from the highway.

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View from the Park.

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Under the building, looking toward the highway …

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… and toward the park.


The animated Park.


Entrance and internal corridors.

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The bookstore, the cafe.

Pictures during building construction


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  1. Pedestrian said, on May 23, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    Homeyra Jan,

    Thank you for the pictures!
    The place looks great and I can’t wait to see it!!!! 🙂

    • Cyrus said, on June 15, 2009 at 5:43 am

      It looks calming design. Anyone knows the architect of Pardis Cinema?

      • maryam said, on February 18, 2010 at 5:17 am

        sure. the architect is Mr. Reza Daneshmir

  2. homeyra said, on May 23, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    Jay-e shoma khali, I went to see Ekhraji-ha 2. Funny but saaaaaddddd.

  3. boogiwoogi said, on May 24, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    Ohh, It’s amazing. I’m living in Karaj. But havent’s seen this cinema yet :O
    And for ekhrajiha-2, really Homeyra you went to see the movie? Do you know the so-called director of the film?

  4. homeyra said, on May 24, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    Hi Boogi, you can find the cinema’s schedule in newspapers.
    Yes, I know Dehnamaki, I remember reading an interview with him in the Jame-eh newspaper, when this newspaper existed.
    Few years later I read his interviews after he made his first movie “poverty and prostitution” فقر و فحشا where he talked about his internal evolution.
    I know that my standing point in this is not popular in our blogosphere. I give him credit to hold a blog where he is most of the time insulted, while those who are really to be blamed are not accessible at all.
    Call me naive but I believe that people can evolve and I am all for reconciliation.

  5. boogiwoogi said, on May 24, 2009 at 11:22 pm

    Dear Homeyra,
    I know that every one should change and has the right to be accepted after the evolution. I know that past is past and we should look at the present and future. But I’m not supposed to be on earth eternally. All I remember is tries and errors of these guys. I have seen many wrongs and after some times they have said they’ve changed. I know every one can change and I’ve seen it. But I can not forgive those who have played with my life. Dehnamaki can change I know. But this change can not change what he has done.
    You see there is a big difference between ones like Makhmalbaf and those like Dehnamaki. Makhmalbaf has confessed many times about his wrong beliefs and has admitted he has been wrong. But Dehnamaki has never said so.

  6. homeyra said, on May 25, 2009 at 12:13 am

    Dear Boogi
    What happened at the University is unforgivable and unforgettable.

    Here are my impressions, you’ll be the judge.
    In an interview after the movie I mentioned above (where he talks with a number of prostitutes) he said that he always thought that some people were “evil” and society had to correct them – even by force. After making this movie he realized that there was something wrong with our own society and all these women were victims of situations imposed on them.
    I think this is a drastic revision of his former perceptions!
    Ekhraji-ha-1 is also a movie celebrating – and constructed around – all those he used to consider as culprits, “evil”. dirty etc.
    Although I have not read or followed all he has said, written or done, it seems to me that he has seriously reconsidered his earlier over-zealotry even if he did not state it clearly.

    I don’t know if we will ever see anybody courageous enough to apologize for this tragic day.

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