Prague now has 59 outdoor summer cinemas, and this handy app tracks them all

Fifteen years ago, there was a single summer cinema in Prague, a now non-existent venue on Střelecký island. Flash-forward to 2021, and there are more than 50 outdoor cinemas in the Czech capital.

In past years, I’ve tried to chart all of Prague’s different summer cinemas myself. But new cinemas keep popping up all the time, and because schedules usually aren’t regular, they can be difficult to keep up with.

Now I don’t have to.

Letňáky.cz, available online or through an app available on Apple and Android devices, keeps track of Prague’s whopping 59 outdoor summer cinemas, providing a handy and easy-to-navigate daily schedule for all of them. Not in Prague? Letňáky.cz also tracks hundreds of other summer cinemas across the Czech Republic.

Either version of Letňáky.cz can be easily filtered by city/region and even down to Prague district, allowing you to find what’s playing near you and outdoor cinemas you might not even know exist.

With a couple months of summer cinema offerings still to go, and audiences still weary of returning to indoor cinemas (attendance in Czech cinemas is down 70% from pre-Covid levels), now is the perfect time to do some exploring and discover a new cinema venue in your neighborhood.

This Wednesday, for example, you have your choice of 1990s crime classics as Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction plays at brewery and summer cinema Spojovna and Martin Scorsese’s Casino screens at Letní kino Gabriel.

Looking for something a little different? On Friday, you can catch a screening of the wonderful Czech comedy The Mysterious Castle in the Carpathians at Letní kino Kinská in Prague 5. On Saturday, the cult 1980s sci-fi flick Critters plays at Letní kino u Keplera in Prague 6.

While many of Prague’s summer cinemas only screen films once per week, the Letňáky.cz app collates them all into a single source with a half dozen or so screenings every day.

Now if I only had a reliable source for regular cinema listings in Prague. Listings at CSFD.cz are the most reliable, but only can be difficult to scan if you’re not familiar with Czech translations of international titles.

Lead photo: Facebook / Letňáky.cz

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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.

3 Responses

  1. Does the summer cinema at Strelecky ostrov still operate? I have some wonderful memories seeing Czech movies there in the late 2000s and would love to visit when I return to Prague next year

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