Prague’s Kino Dlabačov Debuts English-Friendly Screenings

For non-native speakers, one of the great things about going to the cinema in Prague (and the greater Czech Republic) – versus, say, Germany, Italy, and many other European countries – is the prevalence of films presented in their original, undubbed language. 

Typically, only children’s films and family-friendly blockbusters are dubbed into Czech at the cinema, with the latter screened alongside original-language copies as well.

But for non-Czech speakers, catching non-English foreign-language films at the cinema in Prague can be tricky. Outside of local film festivals, which typically screen movies in their original language with both Czech and English subtitles when appropriate, foreign-language films in release in Prague cinemas typically only contain Czech subtitles.

Great news for non-Czech-speaking cinephiles in Prague, however: Kino Dlabačov, the popular (and currently, only) cinema in Prague 6 is unveiling weekly English-friendly screenings of foreign-language films starting tomorrow, July 10.

“Czech distributors have a strong slate of fantastic foreign-language films that won’t get the exposure they deserve,” Kino Dlabačov’s manager Kristina Charvátová stated in a press release.

“Many of them are destined to be relegated to the Czech film festival circuit, or scheduled at inconvenient times in arthouse cinemas where they might be easily missed.” 

But from tomorrow, Dlabačov will be bringing a specially-curated roster of foreign-language features to an audience in Prague that would otherwise be unable to experience them.

The special English-subtitled screenings will kick off with a presentation of the award-winning Iranian animated drama Tehran Taboo at 21:00 on July 10. English-friendly presentations will continue every Tuesday night.

Coming up next at Kino Dlabačov in July will be screenings of the Cannes-winning AIDS drama 120 BPM (July 17), Andrey Zvyagintsev’s Loveless (July 24), and the dreamy Hungarian romance On Body and Soul (July 31) – – three of the best films I’ve seen over the course of the past year. Here’s your chance to catch them in the cinema if you’ve missed them so far. 

Best of all: the English-subtitled screenings come at the low-low price of 80 CZK, a discount even for the typically low-cost Prague 6 arthouse.

With their English-subtitled roster of films, Kino Dlabačov joins central Prague cinemas Kino Lucerna and Kino Světozor as some of the ony cinemas in the Czech capital to present regular English-subtitled screenings of foreign-language (non-Czech or English) films.

Kino Dlabačov is located under Hotel Pyramida at the Malovanka tram and bus stop, just past Prague Castle. The recently-renovated cinema features 4K resolution and 7.1 surround sound technology. 

Find out more about Kino Dlabačov, and to check out their upcoming schedule of English-friendly screenings, visit the official Kino Dlabačov website and Facebook page.

Lead image via Facebook / Kino Dlabačov


Jason Pirodsky

Jason Pirodsky

Jason Pirodsky has been writing about the Prague film scene and reviewing films in print and online media since 2005. A member of the Online Film Critics Society, you can also catch his musings on life in Prague at and tips on mindfulness sourced from ancient principles at

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