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Prague has numerous cinemas, many located in newly-built shopping malls, some showing first runs of international films, some showing Czech films. Admission is from 90 CZK to 200 CZK. Hollywood blockbusters may be dubbed into Czech, but other films are mostly shown in their original language. Prague is not only popular for tourists but also many international movies have been shot here (Mission Impossible, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Amadeus, Everything is Illuminated, Oliver Twist, Hellboy and many others).
The most recommended cinemas are:
- Palace Cinema Novy Smichov. A multiplex cinema located in Novy Smichov shopping mall.
- Palace Cinema Slovansky Dum. 10-screen cinema in a great location close to Wenceslas Square in the shopping mall, Slovansky Dum.
- Lucerna. One of the oldest cinemas in town, seating over 500 people, located just off Wenceslas Square in Lucerna passageway.
The origins of Czech film making hark back to the mid-1960s when graduates from the Communist film school stepped away from the industry’s censorship and began making their own controversial films. Since this period, there have been a huge number of successful Czech films, including “Closely Observed Trains”, “Kolja” and the internationally acclaimed “Musimesipomdhat”, which was nominated for an Academy Award 2000.
The Czech Republic has also been the shooting location for many famous international films. Such classics as “Yentl”, “Mission: Impossible” and “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen” were all filmed here.