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Coordinates: 59°26′48″N 24°45′10″E / 59.44667°N 24.75278°E / 59.44667; 24.75278

Linnahall 2006.jpg
View of venue seen from the Pirita (c.2006)
Former namesV. I. Lenin Palace of Culture and Sport (1980-91)
AddressMere puiestee 20
OwnerTallinna linnavalitsus
OperatorTallinna Linnahalli Aktsiaselts
Broke ground1975
Opened19 July 1980 (1980-07-19)
ArchitectRiina Altmäe, Raine Karp
Venue Website

Linnahall (Estonian: Tallinna Linnahall, 'Tallinn City Hall') (originally the V. I. Lenin Palace of Culture and Sports) is a multi-purpose venue in Tallinn, Estonia. It is situated in the harbour, just beyond the walls of the Old Town, and was completed in 1980. It is not to be confused with the primary administrative building of the historical municipal government (Raad) of Tallinn, often referred to as the Town Hall. The venue also features a heliport and a small sea port (formerly used by Copterline and Linda Line for connections to Helsinki).

The venue[edit]

The 1980 Summer Olympics were hosted in Moscow in 1980. As inland Moscow had no suitable venue at which to stage the sailing event this task fell to Tallinn, the capital of then Estonian SSR.[1] Apart from the main venue for the sailing event, Pirita Yachting Centre, a lot of other sports and entertainment facilities were built during preparations for the Olympics.[2] One of them was "V. I. Lenin Palace of Culture and Sport", which was later renamed to its present name - Linnahall.[3] A large concrete structure, architects of Linnahall are Raine Karp and Riina Altmäe.

The ice hall part of the venue closed in 2009 and the concert hall closed in 2010. The city searched for Investors from 2009-2015 and in 2015 Tallinn city council decided to renovate Linnahall. Analysis by experts, project description, procurement for design and construction services started in 2015 and is expected to be finalized in 2017. Renovation and construction was planned for 2018-2019 and scheduled to reopen sometime in 2019. All of this was stated on a sign outside the hall, but renovation was postponed.

Noted performers[edit]

Linnahall Heliport[edit]

Linnahall Heliport
Airport typePrivate
LocationTallinn, Estonia
Elevation AMSL17 ft / 5 m
Coordinates59°26′53″N 024°45′12″E / 59.44806°N 24.75333°E / 59.44806; 24.75333
EECL is located in Estonia
Location in Estonia
Number Length Surface
m ft
1 8 26 Concrete
Sources: Estonian AIP[4]

Linnahall Heliport (ICAO: EECL), is a heliport at the Linnahall in Tallinn, Estonia. It was used by Copterline for its flights to Helsinki Hernesaari Heliport in Helsinki, Finland. It is the only publicly used heliport in Estonia.



  1. ^ 1980 Summer Olympics Official Report from the Organizing Committee Archived 2006-06-22 at the Wayback Machine, vol. 2, p. 243
  2. ^ (in Russian) Tallinn is the Olympic Capital Archived 2007-09-27 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Estonia: the remarkable afterlife of the Linnahall concert hall, by Andres Kurg
  4. ^ "eAIP Estonia". Estonian Air Navigation Services (ANS). Archived from the original on 2016-10-26. Retrieved 2016-07-27.

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