Kino Lucerna

Vodickova 36,
Prague 1

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This Prague version of an American movie palace opened in 1909, in a stunning mix of various Renaissance styles and Art Nouveau with seating for over 500. It was built for the grandfather of former Czech President Vaclav Havel.

It is the main attraction of the Lucerna Arcade, a hundred year-old collection of entertainment and retail venues. It is also the oldest continuously operating movie theater in Europe and the site of the first showing of a sound movie in Prague.

The theater premieres first-run Czech and Hollywood films (the American films in English), and is a host venue for various film festivals throughout the year.

The Lucerna Music Bar in the theater’s basement is just that, a bar with cheap drinks and live bands, decorated in faded 1970’s disco-era decor.

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Ian
Ian on March 11, 2006 at 7:54 am

I think the word “Hundred” was missed out of the ‘ a year old collection… ’ sentence above!

The cafe is on the first floor with the Kino on the 2nd and 3rd floors of this massive building. It is substantially intact and an absolute gem in the beautiful city of Prague. It would appear to be a marginally older 1st cousin of Amsterdam’s famed Tuschinski Cinema.

Photos (taken in March 2006) here:
foyer
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auditorium
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HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on November 4, 2006 at 9:18 am

Photos I took in August 2006,

lobby:
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auditorium:
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HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on November 4, 2006 at 9:19 am

I meant to write October, 2006. The balcony is open, the curtain is used before features, don’t miss this wonderful movie theater if you are in Prague! and enjoy the large bar that’s upstairs after the lobby and before the auditorium.

theauteur
theauteur on December 25, 2008 at 12:22 pm

I went there this past summer while studying at FAMU (The Film Academy in Prague). The theater is amazing, and I can’t wait to return. I saw Bathory there, a Czech block buster, which is probably one of the most expensive films in czech film history.

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