Linnahall

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

Linnahall
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
10111Tallinn
Estonia
Location Kalamaja
Owner Tallinna linnavalitsus
Operator Tallinna Linnahalli Aktsiaselts
Capacity 4,200
Construction
Broke ground 1975
Opened 19 July 1980 (1980-07-19)
Renovated 2017-19
Closed 2009-19
Architect Riina Altmäe, Raine Karp
Website
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, respectively, 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 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
Copterline.jpg
Summary
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
Map
EECL is located in Estonia
EECL
EECL
Location in Estonia
Helipads
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.

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  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
  3. ^ Estonia: the remarkable afterlife of the Linnahall concert hall, by Andres Kurg
  4. ^ "eAIP Estonia". Estonian Air Navigation Services (ANS). Retrieved 2016-07-27.

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