About Akropolis


Centre of independent culture offering unique music, theatre and art projects.

Palác Akropolis

Activation of your sences by music, theatre, dance, new circus, exhibitions, workshops, travel discussion evenings and festivals.

Key figures of various fields are invited and we bring you also huge music and multimedia events. Festival of new media AM and Spectaculare - they connect music, motion, visual art and the most modern technologies. Music Infinity comes with unknown and legendary talents from art-house alternative and mainly foreign scene. You do not need to go west to see legends of the music world. You can see the stars of the music heaven during the cycle Top of The World in our club atmosphere. If you long for northern music, you can enjoy artists from Island, Norwegen and Sweden in the Midnight session. And if you wish to visit other lands you will enjoy Planet Connection - composed evenings devoted to various parts of the world. You may listen to local music and stories, watch movies, savour photos and taste traditional cuisine.

Realisation of exhibitions that are thematically following the current programme of all stages in Palac Akropolis. We exhibit new creators and amateur fine-artists, fine-art school students and also renowned artists.

OPportunity for young music groups. We enable young musicians to perform on the one of the most prestige club scenes in Prague and to get known by listeners and establish coopertation with music publishers. Every month we prepare EuroConnections - original European music groups in Czech premiere. We are your reliable guide in current music trends.

We Organise support for experimental, nonverbal and physical theatre projects. We provide scene for art groups with tradition in community theatre, social-criticism performance focusing on current social issues and since 2012 we focus also on new circus. Together with the centre for new circus Cirqeuon we organise festival Cirkopolis, which connects the new circus with dance and physical theatre. Festival invites always several foreign groups and annualy comes with the world premiere called Cirkopolis.

LISten what to do if you cannot visit... browse through our Magazine Palace Akropolis (MaPa). Every issue is focused on one theme from culture from a new perspective. Lets read interviews with artists, reviews of our events, surveys and much more.



  • Rating credibility - International Awards "Creditworthy A"
    (Bisnode, 2014)  
  • Rating credibility - International Awards "Creditworthy A"
    (Bisnode, 2013) 
  • Rating credibility - International Awards "Creditworthy A"
    (Solidited, 2012)  
  • The Best of Prague - Best Music Club
    (The Prague Post, 2011)
  • The Best of Prague - Best Music Club
    (The Prague Post, 2009)
  • The Best of Prague 
    (Price Internet magazine Prague.tv, 2003)
  • The Most Popular Club
    (Gallup Institute, 2001)
  • The Fourth Most Popular Concert Hall
    (Gallup Institute, 2001)
  • The Best Rock Club 
    (The Prague Post, 1999)
  • The Interior of the Year – František Skála a David Vávra 
    (Grand Prix of Architects, 1996)

“The interior of the Palác was designed to realize the concepts of a generational space and an independent cultural center.” 

František Skála, author of Palác Akropolis art concept. arem. 

As well as the façade of Palác Akropolis mixes the original layout from the 20th with modern colours and magical eye, also the interiors of Palác Akropolis connects the past with present time and visions of future.

When you enter the cloakroom your sight is caught by metal works combined with natural ones. This is a characteristic feature of all otherwise quite miscellaneous interiors of Palác Akropolis. The cloakroom which serves as a café-garden in the summer decorates a rotating column with a shadow play on the right and on the left there is a bar resembling a locomotive. Lamps with natural shapes grow up from the metal desks and above them on the ceiling you find natural world pained in great detail. Chandeliers resembling raindrops caught in a web are hanging from the ceiling.

akropolis café 

is wholly tiled with cork with engravings from the real and fantasy world by František Skála. Engravings on the bar, mirrors, showcase, walls, shelves and cabinets are illuminated by rounded lights set in the cork. Lamps as flowers are suspended over the bar where you can buy not only tickets but also t-shits, books and other items. 


serves as a showcase and smoking room. 


great hall

is decorated both with religious and symbolic elements. Huge polypores are used as lampshades as in the whole Akropolis. You find various sculptures in the niches and spiral staircases. Such as “modern Charon” – a car transporting the dead to the other side or female and male attributes and life origin interpretation. You may also admire sculptures depicting the individual types of art or a sculpture of flock of swallows on the ceiling representing the freedom of art. From a balcony to the scene a God´s hand is handing over a ”gift” – man wallet full of talents. 

small scene

is decorated with golden and copper components. It provides exceptional technological background – there is a cabin for DJ or soundman. It is perfect for smaller events and concerts. The visitor is able to be in the centre of the event or in the calm environment of the lightly equipped zone next to the bar. There are the same pictures on the floor of the small scene as in the foyer and palace halls. Small scene is directly connected with the Great hall. 

theatre bar    

provides the possibility to rest under the antique columns and sit under the peace pipe hanging over the bar. The room is tiled with wood and the natural materials and shapes join components from trolleybus and other metal items. Theatre bar offers a “chamber separée” in the corner with private atmosphere similar to a confessional. In the hall leading to the theatre bar you may open another bar “u hada” (at snakes) whose long body coils on the floor.


designed by František Skála and David Vávra has a surrealistic atmosphere. It combines the style of American diner rooms, art deco and the Czech 50th. You may admire Skála micro-worlds of deserts, other planets and animals that were exhibited on Expo 92.


Eye into the world


In March 1927 the builder and architect Rudolf V. Svoboda started to build the Palác Akropolis. He wished to create a house between Žižkov and Královské Vinohrady with a café and theatre stage that would be equipped with the most modern technique for movie projection. In February 1928, after the house was approved by the final inspection, the owner and architect in one was living his dream about “an extraordinary house where I would find various spaces with great music, theatre and fine-art. Where would I have meetings, a beer, where could I dance with friends and have fun till the morning. Where would you buy things that you cannot buy elsewhere and where you meet people that you would not meet elsewhere.

Families from better situated middle class found home in this modern apartment house with a romantic café. But the long economic crisis has left its mark on the construction industry. Owner of the house must have paid the debts with the executory sale of the Akropolis.  Akropolis was bought by the company for cremation and the cultural ambitions moved aside.

However, five hundred vacant seats in the theatre have affected the theatre man Prokop Leitrich.  He decided to breathe life into the theatre hall with his theatre company Komedie. He waited patiently for the concession and on 23rd January 1928 the theatre hall was reopened.  After Leitrich, the hall was owned by the popular actor Karel Želenský. He lead the theatre with his wife Laura for six seasons but they failed to create the “big-city-theatre” because the house stood too far from the city centre for Prague citizens.

Radical solution was offered by businessman and present director of Velká operetta – Jiří Koldovský. After a huge reconstruction of the hall and a new appointment of a new theatre company the theatre now called Moderní divadlo started the season on 27th August 1939 with an attractive cast – with theatre and movie stars starring in the dramatic plays. During the 2nd World War the hall was used for occasional movie projections. After the war there was a theatre again but only for a while. After February 1948 the theatre was closed and the house served as a storehouse and an eating house.

In 1991 the house was bought by Žižkov theatre and music agency and with help from the Pražská pětka fund the restaurant was reconstructed and reopened. Theatre hall went through a huge reconstruction too and to the theatre programme also concerts and other cultural events were added.

Palác Akropolis is now multifunctional centre for meeting people and various art categories. It meets its symbol of the pulsating eye which was inserted between words Palác and Akropolis by the artist František Skála. Thanks to him, the building was brushed up with sand and olive colour. And the recurrent secession relic – the plastic flower on the façade – was changed to magical eye. Palác Akropolis thus observed as this eye and choose either at home or in foreign countries what to offer the visitors to broaden their horizons.

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