Mimosa Architekti ● Vyšehradská 320/49, 128 00 Praha 2 ●

  • Name: Open air cinema Prachatice
  • Client: City of Prachatice
  • Architectural study: 2015
  • Built: 2023
  • Co-author: Zdeněk Hromádka

Through a complete reconstruction the dilapidated outdoor cinema with approximately 800 places transformed into a functioning complex with a more manageable capacity of 350 seats. The shrinking of the grounds also allowed to create much needed buffer areas between residential buildings and the cinema grounds, with implementation of acoustic measures, and lastly the creation of a new connection between the surrounding residential complex and the nearby town centre via Štěpánka’s Park.he principles of the objects are given by their seasonal use, film inspirations and associations. The system of film reels leading the film in a projector, the design transforms into the forms of individual objects, where in place of a film strip, the wheels control the ropes of the roof. The tarp of the roof, a subtle steel construction and a sheet of corrugated steel create an illusion of light, seemingly provisional “summer” objects. The corrugated sheets are another nod to a movie illusion, created by the rhythm of individual fields, alternating light and shadow. The textile roofing of the stage and a part of the auditorium increases the comfort of the performers and audience, whether it would be on a sunny afternoon or a rainy night, and positively impacts the acoustic properties of the cinema. Sky overhead the visitors is preserved for the majority of the auditorium. The objective of the chosen solution for roofing was maximum lightness of the construction with the idea being only of a tarp stretched between the buildings. Even though the projects of the open-air cinema (Mimosa architects) and Štěpánka’s Park were separated both in time and between studios, their finalisation happened at the same time, in the first half of 2023. Prachatice thus obtained a very cultivated public space near the town square, with an area not only for film screenings, but also for more cultural events in the town with direct connection to its centre.