Prague councillors have supported the intention to acquire three non-residential units with a total area of 519.78 m² in the Old Town, which have long been used by the contributory organisation of the City of Prague, the Theatre v Dlouhá, as warehouse, administrative and other premises, into the ownership of the City of Prague. This should happen for the offered purchase price of CZK 63,913,000. At the same time, the original resolution of the Council of the Capital City of Prague was revoked. Prague Council's resolution on this matter from May this year. The Prague City Council will approve the plan this week.
One of the owners of the premises, which are used as warehouses, offices and a rehearsal room, has already announced that he is not interested in renting the premises and is ready to sell them. In November 2022, he offered to buy three non-residential premises (249.26 m², 74.17 m² and 196.35 m²) for a total price of CZK 68,740,905. The Council of the Capital City of Prague will purchase the property in the amount of CZK 50,000. The Prague City Council originally approved this plan because without the premises in question the theatre would not be able to continue its activities. Subsequent discussion of this item at the meeting of the City Council of the Capital City of Prague. However, the discussion on this matter was interrupted. In October this year, the owner adjusted the purchase price offer to CZK 63,913,000. Now Prague City Councillors have revoked their seven-month-old resolution and supported the purchase of the non-residential premises on more favourable terms.
Since the owner of the property has declared that he is not interested in renting the property any longer, buying the property is the only way to keep the theatre running. A theatre with a seating capacity of 450 seats and an annual attendance of 80,000 spectators would find it very difficult to find another suitable space. The capital city does not have a similar cultural facility in its possession, to which the ensemble of the Dlouhá Theatre could move.
The Theatre in the Long was founded in 1996 and took the name of the street in which it is located into its name. Its production work is very broad and stylistically varied, ranging from drama to alternative, cabaret and puppetry genres. The theatre stands out for its quality, for which it has won numerous awards from professional critics and enjoys audience popularity.