Outdoor cinema opens at Výstaviště

The program has recent films, and viewers will listen over headphones

An outdoor summer cinema has launched at Výstaviště in Prague 7's Holešovice district. The Expo Outdoor Cinema uses an inflatable screen, and to meet the city's noise restrictions sound will be broadcast to headphones, which can be borrowed with a deposit.

The films on the schedule are recent ones, usually shown in their original versions with Czech subtitles. Screenings start at 9:15 and there is a Kč 120 admission fee to see the films. The program can be found on the Bio Oko website.

The outdoor cinema will run from Wednesdays to Sundays, and if the weather is cooperative it will last until September.

The opening film was Jim Jarmusch's Paterson. Upcoming films in English include American Honey, Get Out, La La Land, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, The Girl on the Train and Captain Fantastic.

Response over social media to the first screenings has been positive, with people citing the convenient location and relaxed atmosphere.

The Expo Outdoor Cinema started on May 17. The cinema operator and programmer is Bio Oko, while production and technical support is provided by Stromovous. Expo Prague is the cinema co-organizer and initiator.

Tickets can be purchased in advance through the Bio Oko website and also in person at Bio Oko, Kino Světozor or Kino Aero. The Expo Outdoor Cinema box office opens an hour before the start of screening.

Drinks and food from the Expo Outdoor Cinema bar are allowed in the outdoor cinema area, meaning that food and beverages brought from outside are frowned upon.

The cinema is part of an effort to revitalize Výstaviště, which was built for an exhibition in 1891. The city plans to rebuild the main gate, add areas for outdoor grilling and outdoor sports and rebuild the wing of the main Industrial Palace that burned down in an accidental fire in 2008. Much of the space at Výstaviště is underutilized and parts are in poor repair.

This won't be the only summer outdoor cinema in Prague. One is planned for the Czech Radio building in Karlín, starting in June. Others may start up again as well, but announcements have not been made. Places that had outdoor cinemas in the past include Střelecký ostrov, Žluté lázně, Smíchovská náplavka and Riegrovy Sady, where films are sometimes projected in the large beer garden and also on an inflatable screen at the bottom of the park's main hill. There has also been a kinobus run by the Prague Transit Company which moves to various locations, but mostly showing Czech-language films.

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