The last post was of a film that took place in a “Palace of Culture”. So I figured I’d explain that.
In short: it’s like a YMCA + theatre + library building funded by the government..minus pools, those are expensive to uphold.
Long story version: Basically a ‘palace of culture/culture house/club house’ was in every town as a sort of recreational community centre for various ‘clubs’, performances, competitions and festivals. Some of these establishments began as “People’s houses” and were built in the lower social class areas around factories before the Soviet Union came to be, the first one being in 1882. The point of them was to let ‘culture’ flourish and for people to pursue their hobbies, and primarily distract them from things like consuming alcohol (yey for being well rounded individuals with no vices).
After the revolution the term changed to ‘palace of culture’ and in the 1920s more of them started to pop out everywhere (Some were probably even houses that used to belong to rich people and were transformed into these.. communism). They were designed as these awesome huge places to hold a space for every kind of activity having rooms for various rehearsals, sports clubs, cinemas, etc etc. It was free to use for everyone since most of them were run by various unions and organizations. In the example of the movie, all the characters were employees of an economics institute. Of course most of these buildings still exist today but no longer used in the same way since the government no longer can support them and the ones that do are those that were/are probably funded certain organizations/factories, etc.