Summer Cinema To Return to the Town Hall Courtyard
The summer cinema will return to Brno this year, with film screenings in the town hall courtyard every day from June 26 until August 29. Alongside the usual documentaries, dramas, Nordic movies and ‘Das Sommerkino’, there will also be special Rock’n’Roll and Swing dancing evenings. Photo: Courtesy of Letní kino Brno-střed.
Brno, Jun 25 (BD) – The Brno-střed summer cinema will be in the courtyard of the town hall for the sixth time this year, showing international and domestic films. The cinema opens tomorrow on June 26, and will be open every day until August 29. In June and July, screenings will start at 9.30pm, and in August at 9pm.
The event will open at 8pm on June 26, with a concert by the Brno-based band Panracek, followed at 9.30pm by a screening of Jízda [“The Ride”]. Admission to the opening night is free.
“This year, more than ever, our motto resonates: ‘Cinema will be’, and we are really happy that it is still true. After months of uncertainty about whether we would be able to organize large cultural events in the summer, we can’t wait for the gates of the Brno-střed summer cinema to open on June 26,” said Monika Simkova, the program manager for the Noční Motýl association.
Following on from previous years, the selection of films will be focused on the more discerning viewer, and forms a counterweight to the mainstream fare of regular cinemas. The dramaturgical concept, composed of regular film cycles, will be complemented this year with evenings of Rock’n’Roll and Swing dance parties. The Rock’n’Roll dance parties will commence at 7pm, followed by such films as Jailhouse Rock and Rebel Without a Cause, starting at 9.30pm in July, and 9pm in August. The Swing evenings, returning after a one-year break, will also start at 7pm, when the courtyard fills with stylishly dressed dancers. The Swing parties will be complemented by projections of classic American grotesques at 9.30pm.
The regular program will include Czech and foreign documentaries on Mondays, Nordic movies, and ‘Das Sommerkino’ films from German-speaking countries.
On Friday, August 28, from 2pm, there will be an ‘Open Town Hall’, and admission to the summer cinema will be free on this day. Brno-střed Mayor Vojtech Mencl (ODS) will be meeting visitors. The Open Town Hall day will see a screening of a Swedish film, The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared.
The closing event of the summer cinema on Saturday, August 29, will be the Czech classic Limonádový Joe aneb Koňská opera [“Lemonade Joe or The Horse Opera”].
Standard admission tickets are CZK 100; for Das Sommerkino films, there is a discounted price of CZK 50. Discounts are also available with season tickets of six or ten entries. Tickets on site will be available half an hour before the start of the screening.
All films will be projected whatever the weather. In case of rain, part of the auditorium will be covered. There will also be a self-refreshment stall in the courtyard, and dogs will be allowed as long as they are well-behaved.
The films will be shown in the original versions with Czech subtitles only, but there are several English-language films and examples of cinema from various countries. For the full program, you can check the website.