Kino Dlabačov showing English-subtitled films

The renovated cinema in Prague 6 now has English-friendly Tuesdays

Kino Dlabačov in Prague 6 has launched English-friendly Tuesdays, with foreign-language films shown with English subtitles.

The program offers local English speakers a regular opportunity to see world cinema at the low price of Kč 80 per ticket.

English-speaking people who want to look beyond Hollywood blockbusters have often been frustrated that critically acclaimed international films are usually screened with English titles only at festivals.

“Czech distributors have a strong slate of fantastic foreign-language films that won't get the exposure they deserve,” Kino Dlabačov manager Kristina Charvátová said. “Many of them are destined to be relegated to the Czech film festival circuit.”

With a regular schedule of such features, Charvátová aims to draw cinephiles to the renovated, state-of-the-art cinema in Prague 6.

Dlabačov is the only cinema is Prague 6, and it has remained a bit of a secret among film fans. It is a somewhat hidden, under Hotel Pyramida, which built in the 1980s in a triangular design that has sharply divided architecture critics.

At the time the hotel was built, the trend was to include some entertainment facilities. The cinema was part of the original plan to create an all-in-one luxury hotel.

Multiplexes put it and similar single-screen cinemas out of favor for a while, but recently people have been following a retro trend and returning to the smaller cinemas for a more authentic atmosphere and more mature films.

Kino Dlabačov now features the latest 4K digital projection system with Dolby 7.1 surround sound, and 377 seats on a sloped floor so there is a good view of the large screen. The cinema is also air-conditioned, so it can provide an escape from the heat is the summer warms up again.

Dlabačov also functions as a theater, concert hall, café and gallery. There is outdoor seating at the cafe, in a plaza that is separated from the sidewalk by the hotel's outer walls and greenery. So on a nice day, visitors can sit outside for a drink before the show.

The cinema is easily reached by tram at the stop Malovanka, just past Prague Castle on tram routes 22, 23 or 25.

The French film about the early days of the AIDS crisis, 120 BPM (120 battements par minute) will be shown on July 17.

Then comes the Russian film Loveless (Nelyubov) on July 24. The plot features a divorcing couple whose son mysteriously vanishes on the way home from school one day.

A film not for the squeamish, the Hungarian romance On Body and Soul (A Teströl És Lélekröl) plays July 31. the tale takes place in a meat processing plant, where two people find they share the same nightly dream about a deer in the forest. More films will be announced in the future.

Dlabačov is not the only Prague cinema to have a regular English-friendly program, but it is the first outside of the city center, and also the least expensive and by the number of seats the largest.

Kino Světozor has Catch-Up Tuesdays in its small hall, and kino Lucerna on Mondays for a while has had the Be2Can Club in its small hall, with European films from the distributor Be2Can.

For more information about Dlabačov visit www.dlabacov.cz

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