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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 names V. I. Lenin Palace of Culture and Sport (1980-91)
Address Mere puiestee 20
Location Kalamaja
Owner Tallinna linnavalitsus
Operator Tallinna Linnahalli Aktsiaselts
Capacity 4,200
Broke ground 1975
Opened 19 July 1980 (1980-07-19)
Renovated 2017-19
Closed 2009-19
Architect Riina Altmäe, Raine Karp
Venue Website

Linnahall (Estonian: Tallinna Linnahall, 'Tallinn City Hall') (originally the V. I. Lenin Palace of Culture and Sport) is a multi-purpose venue in Tallinn, Estonia. It is situated on 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 municipal government (Raad) of Tallinn, sometimes referred to as the Town Hall. The venue also features a heliport, with service to Helsinki, and a small port for Linda Line catamarans.

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 is planned for 2018-2019 and scheduled to reopen sometime in 2019. All of this is stated on a sign outside the hall.

Noted performers[edit]

Linnahall Heliport[edit]

Linnahall Heliport
Airport type Private
Serves Tallinn
Location Tallinn, Estonia
Elevation AMSL 17 ft / 5 m
Coordinates 59°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.



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