Drive-ins, rooftops, and courtyards: Summer cinema season begins in Prague

Urban spaces will be opening up to host a broad range of films on hopefully balmy summer evenings.

Raymond Johnston

Written by Raymond Johnston
Published on 02.07.2021 14:48 (updated on 03.07.2021)

Read the Czech version of this article at Proti šedi. 

One of the treats of every summer is the number of outdoor cinemas that pop up across Prague, showing recent hits as well as classic films in a relaxed atmosphere. There are rooftops, courtyards, an industrial brownfield, and drive-ins to choose from. Note that not all films are English-friendly, and screenings can be cancelled at the last minute due to weather.

Rules for attending event are also changing constantly. Venues should be checking for vaccination, recovery, or a negative test.

Autokino Ledárny

Billing itself as a culinary drive-in, Autokino Ledárny is perhaps the only drive-in to serve calamari as well as popcorn. The venue is located near a former ice house in Braník. More info on the drive-in’s website. Paid admission, with different prices for cars or people.

Autokino Strahov

A drive-is located on the side of the one of the world’s largest stadiums. Czech the online map for the exact spot as walking around the stadium is a rather large hike. There is also room for people without cars. More info on the drive-in’s website. Paid admission, with different prices for cars or people.

Biotop Radotín

A bit off the beaten track, Biotop Radotín will start a film schedule in mid August. Details will be on the biotope's website.

CAMP

The Center for Architecture and Metropolitan Planning (CAMP) has a goal of reaching out to the public, and will be running events on Tuesdays and Thursdays all summer, with films usually on Thursdays. Films usually showcase architecture, such as Taxi Driver, which captures the 1970s urban landscape. Info on the CAMP website. Free admission.  

Cross Club

Technically called Letní Kino Před Klubem Cross, this venue announces films one at a time over Facebook. The club, located in Holešovice, is known for its junkyard chic look with found-object sculptures everywhere.  Admission is CZK 100.

DOX

The art gallery DOX in Holešovice has a summer cinema on its roof until Sept. 15. The theme is adaptations of literature, such as Lighthouse, based on an Edgar Allan Poe story. Info on the DOX website. Admission is CZK 140.  

Kasárna Karlín

The courtyard of the former barracks in Karlín will be hosting films from several festivals such as Australian and Kiwi films or Brazilian films, and entries from the American Center, among other retro flicks. Admission is usually CZK 80. Info on the Kasárna Karlín website.

Kinobus

Czech films without English subtitles are shown at different locations from a city bus that houses a projector. The schedule films and locations is here. Free admission.

Klubovna

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A cultural center in Dejvice called Klubovna is running films in its courtyard. The schedule in is the Klubovna website. Admission is CZK 50.

Letní kino Ládví

The brewpub Pivovar Ládví Cobolis will be presenting several films on July 12–15 near the main entrance of KD Ládví, starting at 9:15 pm. The program includes Grease and Pulp Fiction. Admission is free. More info is on the Facebook page.

Letní kino Lihovar

Meetfactory runs community space a the former Lihovar distillery, which will soon be torn down to make way for a new neighborhood. Every Monday members the MeetFactory team plays a guilty pleasure, and there are recent hits such as Once Upon a Time in Hollywood on Wednesdays. The area opens at 8 pm and films start of 9:30 pm. More info is on the Meetfactory website. Free entry.

Radlická Culture Center

The Radlická Cultural Sports Center in Smíchov has reopened its doors just in time for summer, with a host of activities for Prague residents. Its summer cinema season kicks off next Thursday, July 8 with Magic Mike on July 22, Joker. The venue has a number of other events on tap for summer. More info on the Radlická website and Facebook. Admission is CZK 130.

Střecha Radost

The rooftop of the Radost building in Žižkov has become a popular spot to hang out and see the city. In cooperation with the downtown cinema Lucerna, they will be showing films usually on Sundays. The schedule can be found on the Lucerna website, but mixed in with the regular schedule; look for the films marked Letní Lucerna na Střeše Radost. There is also info on Facebook. Films start at 9 pm. Paid admission, usually CZK 150.

U Keplera

A no-frills summer cinema operated by Kino Dlabačov is in park Maxe van der Stolela. People can sit on the grass and watch Czech and international hits on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Refreshments are available. Tickets cost CZK 100 and can be purchased online. More info is on the Facebook page.

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