Drive-in cinemas are returning to quarantined Prague!

Drive-in cinema hasn’t really existed in Prague for at least the past two decades (outside of a brief 2008 experiment at Prague’s then-Ruzyně Airport), but will be returning to the Czech capital next week during the Art Parking project that will turn the railway station Nákladové nádraží Žižkov into a full-service drive-in cinema. 

Additionally, the drive-in Kinoauto Praha will open in a parking lot near Prague’s Václav Havel Airport from tomorrow, April 24. 

The new drive-in cinemas might be your only chance to catch a movie on the big screen in Prague until later in June. All cinemas throughout the Czech Republic are currently closed due to restrictions surrounding the spread of coronavirus.

While the Czech government unveiled a five-step plan to re-open shops, restaurants, and other facilities last week, cinemas weren’t even listed among the venues that could expect to open through June 8. 

Health Minister Adam Vojtěch said at a press conference that cinemas in the Czech Republic could expect to be able to reopen along with theaters, castles, and shopping centers during the last wave on June 8, though the date could be pushed back based on the rate of coronavirus cases in the country.

The ArtParking project meanwhile, announced plans earlier this month to bring live theater, music, and cinema to cities around the Czech Republic under the drive-in concept, where spectators could view the events from the safety of their vehicles.

The project will first launch next week in Prague at two locations, Prague Market and Nákladové nádraží Žižkov. Live theater and music events will be presented at the Prague Market location.

The Nákladové nádraží Žižkov location, meanwhile – which has recently become the seat of the Czech National Film Archive – will from next week be turned into a temporary drive-in cinema during the pilot phase of the ArtParking project. 

Entry runs 400 CZK per car, and tickets need to be purchased online in advance of the screenings. Refreshments can be ordered via mobile phone and will be delivered straight to your vehicle. Guests are asked not to leave their cars, but extra-sanitized restrooms are available if needed. 

Movies will screen daily from 20:00, with additional screenings on the weekend, and kick off on Monday with a showing of the Oscar-winning South Korean satire Parasite

Note: foreign-language features will screen in their original language with Czech subtitles, but not English subtitles. 

Here’s the ArtParking Nákladové nádraží Žižkov schedule for next week: 

Monday, April 27
20:00: Parasite (in Korean with Czech subtitles)

Tuesday, April 28
20:00: V síti (in Czech)

Wednesday, April 29
20:00: Green Book

Thursday, April 30
16:00: Portrait of a Lady on Fire (in French with Czech subtitles)
20:00: La La Land

Friday, May 1
11:00: Paddington 2 (dubbed into Czech)
16:00: Národní třída (in Czech) 
20:00: Through Africa on a Pioneer (in Czech) 

Saturday, May 2
11:00: Shaun the Sheep: Farmageddon (dubbed into Czech)
15:00: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
20:00: Vlastníci (in Czech)

Sunday, May 3
11:00: Mirai (dubbed into Czech)
15:00: Midsommar
20:00: La belle époque (in French with Czech subtitles)

How will those daytime drive-in screenings work? I guess we’ll find out next weekend.

More information about ArtParking events can be found through its official website.

But wait – there’s more! The ArtParking drive-in cinema at Nákladové nádraží Žižkov isn’t the only drive-in coming to Prague. 

Additionally, Kinoauto Praha will debut at the Smile parking lot adjacent to Prague’s Václav Havel Airport from tomorrow, April 24, with screenings through the weekend. 

Tickets to Kinoauto Praha run a little pricier at 600 crowns per vehicle. The venue also offers refreshments brouoght to your vehicle including burgers and nachos. 

Here’s the KinoautoPraha schedule through Sunday: 

Friday April 24: 
20:30: Pulp Fiction

Saturday, April 25:
20:30: Samotáři (in Czech)
23:30: Ikarie XB 1 (in Czech)

Sunday, April 26: 
20:30: The Fifth Element

More information about Kinoauto Praha including future screenings can be found at the official website.

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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 expats.cz and tips on mindfulness sourced from ancient principles at MaArtial.com.

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