Kino Aero sits slovenly in one of Prague's ubiquitous courtyards in the working class neighbourhood of Žižkov. Aero is an art house cinema where dogs are allowed and the dead air as you wait for the screening to begin is filled by a playlist designed by Prague's oldest independent station, Radio 1. Local talents are fostered with short film competitions and exhibitions. The bar serves up chilled Czech beer to audiences with discerning tastes and social consciences. The seats have drinks holders that accommodate beer and shots. And luminaries such as Terry Gilliam and Agnieszka Holland participated in Q&A sessions at retrospectives hosted by Aero. Screenings are often full, but creative seating is encouraged. Films vary from the new Sherlock Holmes to The Story of the Weeping Camel.
Old fashioned cinema entered through a corridor running through communist-looking tenements and accessed through a courtyard. In summer you can buy beer from a little kiosk in the courtyard and sup it before your film. In winter there's a decent bar and you are allowed to take drinks into the auditorium with you. The cinema's piece de resistance is the fact that the chairs in the auditorium boast drinks holders designed to allow you to line up a beer, a glass of water and a shot side-by-side. Shows arthouse and mainstream films with a decent sprinkling of English language films. Towards the end of 2009 price of entry hovered around the 100kc mark.
13000 Praha, Czech Republic
271 771 349
Trams 9 or 26 to Biskupcova
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