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Czechoslovak New Wave Film at Ponrepo Cinema

Published on April 11th, 2013 in Entertainment

  • Prague Cinema circa 1918

  • Movie Poster for "Closely Watched Trains" (Jiri Menzel, 1966)

  • Movie Still from "Daisies" (Vera Chytilová, 1966)

  • Movie Poster of "Loves of a Blonde" (Miloš Forman, 1965)

  • Lucerna Cinema: period photo

  • Outside of Ponrepo Cinema


For visitors to Prague, its acclaimed art-house cinemas can feel out of the way, located as many of them are in the city’s farther reaches. One wonderful exception (along with the legendary Lucerna Cinema) right in the center of town is the Ponrepo Cinema. Nestled on an ancient Old Town backstreet, the history of the space dates to the 14th century when a chapel stood there, eventually giving way to an organ school—attended by Antonín Dvořák—dance halls, and, in the 19th century, a cultural center. In the 1940’s it became a cinema and, following a 1996 reconstruction, the screening room for the National Film Archive. You’ll hardly find more affordable entertainment in Prague than this cozy theater: tickets cost less than a beer in some of the city’s pricier pubs.


Showing now through the end of May 2013, The Best of The Czech New Wave film festival presents a great opportunity for film buffs (and fans of the sixties) to view superlative works from the era’s top directors—Miloš Forman, Jiří Menzel, and the wonderful Věra Chytilová to name a few—screened with English subtitles. If you miss the festival don’t fret; English-friendly fare is regularly on the schedule. On your way out, do take note of the campy Soviet-era posters in the lobby!


Ponrepo Cinema

Bartolomějská 11, Prague 1, Staré Město
tel 226 211 866
tickets 80 CZK; 50 CZK with the purchase of an annual membership (150 CZK)
metro Můstek
tram Národní třída 6, 9, 18, 22