The drive-in movie theaters in Prague are experiencing a small renaissance amid the coronavirus pandemic. Drive-in cinema screenings are being held all over the capital because it is the safest and the most comfortable way of seeing a movie and enjoying a unique cultural experience. In an effort to return art to public space, some abandoned and nearly-forgotten places in Prague have been transformed into outdoor drive-in movie theatres.
How does the drive-in work? First, visitors purchase an online electronic ticket to the selected movie and drive to the drive-in movie theatre. Second, they show their ticket to organizers before entering the area. Then they drive to a parking spot and stop their car at least two meters away from the last car. The movie's sound is broadcast over an FM radio frequency. To deliver the movie sound, spectators tune to a certain FM frequency of their car radio.
Here’s a complete overview of the drive-in cinemas in Prague in 2021.
Drive-in Cinema Ledárny
Equipped with a giant high definition outdoor screen, the 70 car drive-in in Branik district screens every Thursday and Friday from 8.30 p.m. It plays classic films, favourite retro movies as well as family-friendly options in their original languages with Czech subtitles. What makes this drive-in cinema so good? It is an extensive selection of delicious food and drinks, such as marinated calamari prepared on the charcoal grill, honest burgers, vegetarian specialties and quality beer and wine. It's all available to order via your mobile phone. If you like great food and movies, this small drive-in is the place you need to be.
Date: From April 2021 every Thursday and Friday from 8.30 p.m.
Address: U Ledáren, Praha 4
Price: 399 CZK / car
Located at the Strahov Stadium in Prague 6, a car cinema Strahov with a capacity of 120 cars is perhabs the largest drive-in car cinema in Prague. The project aims to revive the area of the abandoned concrete landmark. The films are screened on a huge screen (13 x 6m) that consists of 9 shipping containers every day from 9.30 p.m. The cinema offers seats for guests, who came without their cars. Snacks and drinks are available on site.
Drive-in cinemas opened in 2020 that no longer operate in 2021:
Drive-in Car Cinema at Žižkov Freight Railway Station
Multi-genre Festival ArtParking Žižkov at the Žižkov Freight Railway Station provides an exceptional cultural experience - film screenings, theater performances, sports matches and concerts along with the fresh air and the comfort of your car. Movies are screened on a large format LED display (12 x 5 meters). Morning programmes starting at 11 a.m. cater for families with children. Afternoon and evening screenings begin at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. The drive-in capacity of the outdoor cinema is 80 cars and tickets for the show can be purchased online.
Date: May, Drive-in car cinema from mid-June to September
Address: Bělohorská 24, 169 00 Prague 6
Date: Thursday - Sunday, from 7 p.m. and from 9.30 p.m.
A new drive-in cinema with capacity of 100 cars was established on the premises of Letňany Exhibition Center PVA Expo Praha.
The large LED screen brings an outstanding image quality and operates in full daylight. Mercedes-Benz Areana provides amazing outdoor theater experiences twice a day. Each ticket includes popcorn and a soft drink.
Date: Daily from 6 p.m. and from 10 p.m.
Address: Výstaviště PVA Expo, Beranových 667, Prague Letňany
Price: from 400 CZK / Car
There are more drive-in cinemas that have been operating in Prague these days, for example a car cinema on the roof of Shopping Center Westfield Chodov, car cinemas in Horni Počernice o Dolni Měcholupy.
For updated information please visit the operator's website.
Drive-in car cinema in Horní Počernice - www.pocernice.cz/aktuality-z-uradu/2020/05/autokino/
Drive-in car cinema in Dolní Měcholupy - www.dolnimecholupy.cz/category/akce/