Legendary Czech nightlife institution Roxy was summarily closed this week after safety officials decided the Prague venue’s recent reconstruction violated building codes.

"The equipment of the establishment is in serious breach of fire-safety regulations and some of the construction work that’s been implemented also wasn’t what was agreed and approved, “ said councillor Veronica Blazkova.
“The club owners need to bring everything up to a standard that will comply with the rules applicable to this kind of business. They will also need to request a building permit (to have any chance of re-opening)”, she added. (http://protisedi.cz/article/zavreli-roxy )

The iconic city centre landmark venue was previously temporarily closed by councillors in 2005 over noise concerns, some three years after it was also shut following the floods that swamped virtually the whole of Prague’s historic centre.

The venue itself first opened as a nightclub and live music venue in 1987, when artists transformed what had been a ‘ramshackle shell of an Art Deco cinema’ into the Czech Republic’s most famous alternative art and music space.

“After the Communist regime collapsed, the building was left in a derelict state and was on the verge of being demolished,” a report on travel website Prague-Stay.com explains, “The building’s history interested a group of enthusiasts led by architect Jan Mayer, who wished to preserve the spirit and culture of the location.

“Roxy was damaged heavily during the massive flooding of 2002, but was quickly renovated with help from fans, volunteers, Roxy’s staff and the city council,” the site says.

Roxy’s General Manager Jaroslav Stanko told local Czech portal Praha.idnes.cz that the latest closure was ‘only a temporary administrative measure to make sure we correct things quickly’ and promised Roxy will be re-opening as soon as possible.

Article by Jonty Skrufff: http://listn.to/JontySkrufff

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