The Tyl-Theatre in Lomnice nad Popelkou
Lomnice nad Popelkou, a tranquil and hidden little town in the southern part of the Bohemian Paradise, boasts a unique gem of modern architecture: the theatre built by Oldřich Liška. It was opened in 1930, also used as a cinema, and stands on a plot donated by the factory owner Václav Honrnych. It was bankrolled by a specially established theatre fund. The name of the theatre (Tylovo divadlo) carries the name of the Czech dramatist Josef Kajetan Tyl. The strictly symmetric main pediment that overlooks the street resembles a screen. Even today, it is the most striking element of the cubic building. Behind the pediment is a foyer with the ticket office and the cloakroom, illuminated by small windows on the main front of the cinema. The central auditorium seats an audience of about 300, and was redesigned in the 1970s. It is still in use as a theatre for stage and cinema, and it also features an orchestra pit, and has several functional rooms.