Kino Alfa

Wenceslas Square,
Prague

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Apparently fairly recently closed, the Kino Alfa is located in the basement of a small arcade off Wenceslas Square in the heart of the city.

Contributed by Ian

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Ian
Ian on March 14, 2006 at 12:47 pm

According to one paper on Czech cinema, this at one time was the most profitable cinema in the country. I would judge from an exterior viewing only, that the Alfa is on two levels (both underground) and possibly around 600-800 seats. Cinemas do not appear to have had particularly large seating capacities here, so maybe there is some truth in the financial statement.

Exterior photo of one of the entrances here (taken 2006):
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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on December 6, 2008 at 3:14 pm

The two entrances of the Kino Alfa which are inside the arcade, can be seen in this December 2003 photograph:
http://flickr.com/photos/bonez007/2974886852/

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on February 18, 2009 at 1:41 am

This is from Boxoffice magazine in June 1946:

PRAGUE-The Alfa Theater recently booked and advertised a program of four OWI documentaries. A Popeye short, “Seeing Red, White and Blue”, confused with OWI’s “Red, White and Blue” was among the documentaries.

At the first showing, the manager announced that another documentary would replace Popeye. Protests were riotous. Police were called. The next day, in response to public and press demand, Popeye was restored.

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