Movie Night in Prague

December 21, 2011 by

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Lucerna Theater

The impressive interior of the Lucerna Theater in Prague. Photo courtesy of Eugenijus Barzdzius via Flickr.

Prague is an excellent city for spending an affordable evening taking in the proverbial (and literal) dinner and a movie. The city has a profusion of reasonably priced eateries located near (or on the way to) technologically advanced and/or exceedingly atmospheric cinemas. The following combos come highly recommended.

1). Love at Lucerna. The oldest motion picture theatre in all of Europe is located just a short walk from Wenceslas Square in a shopping mall built by former president Vaclav Havel‘s grandfather. Located at the entrance to the enormous (and lovely) screening hall is a cozy café and bar decorated in Art Deco fashion with dark wood and a grand piano whose ivories are typically in the process of being tickled by talented (largely jazz-oriented) musicians. Get your tickets in the main lobby of the mall and ascend the grand staircase to treat your date to a bracing espresso or savory snack before the film.

2). Dům, not dumb. The so-called “Municipal House (Obecní dům)” is a great place for a pre- or post-movie sweet treat, coffee, or adult beverage. It is truly one of the most beautiful Art Nouveau/Art Deco structures in Prague (though take care to avoid the dinner menu if you’re on a budget). Just across the street, the thoroughly modern Slovanský dům houses multiple screens programmed with the latest blockbusters available in the country.

Other theaters of note include the massive cineplexes at Andel and Novy Smichov, and several excellent arthouse and independent cinemas like Atlas, Aero and Světozor.

- John Reality

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