Really? A multiplex cinema? Well, yes, actually. Here’s why – it’s right smack dab in the center, is modern and comfortable, and is the only place in Prague that ALWAYS has original language films. Czechs generally show films in the original language with Czech subtitles, unless the film is something they think children will go see, in which case, they dub them. Well, if you really want to see the newest offering from Disney or Pixar, then this is the only place to have it in English. Plus, with 10 screens and 1,839 seats, there’s always space to see something.
My wife and I have sometimes tired of sightseeing while travelling, and a good old film is just the antidote to monument fatigue.
The place has been around since 2000, and is one of the most visited cinemas in Prague. The building it’s housed in is a lovely Art Nouveau work with a thoroughly modernized interior. Tons of shops, several top-notch restaurants, and a nice back garden make this place somewhere to linger in. One of the shops, in the back by the garden, is the only Riedel wine glass shop in town which is great news for wine fans (and where you can enjoy wine tastings every Wednesday at 19:00.)
Sure, I prefer a single-screen art cinema – but for the latest Hollywood blockbusters, this is my cinema of choice.
The newly renovated decor is an unfortunate throwback to the early days on multiplexes. Purposeful or out of touch? Hard to say.