Vienna's Open Air Cinemas in 2017 - Vienna Würstelstand

Vienna’s Open Air Cinemas in 2017

May 30, 2017

Vienna's Open
Air Cinemas in 2017

May 30, 2017

Vienna Würstelstand's says

Since the dawn of time, stories have been told by humans under the starry sky. In the beginning, it was around a fire where stories were told and acted out in strange dances (we still do that if we’ve had enough to drink). Today, it’s done with popcorn, surround sound, and HD projector screens.

Here’s a list of Vienna’s summer open air cinemas, complete with our tips on the films you shouldn’t miss!



When: May 29 – August 5
Where: different places all over Vienna (e.g. Karmelitermarkt, Reithofferpark, Jodok Fink Platz, etc.)
Entry: free!
Drinks/food: Bring your own or find a Döner stand

And it’s back again for another year: the wandering cinema. The Volxkino will be hosting pop-up film screenings at several unusual locations around the city. Included in the various settings are markets, parks and Gemeindebau (social housing complexes) courtyards. All movies will start at nightfall, and entry is free. Equally pleasantly surprising is the eclectic mix of films on the program.

Don’t Miss Editor’s Picks

Slow West
When: FRI, June 9
Where: (As part of Feschmarkt) Ottakringer Platz 1, 1160
Language: English with German subtitles

I, Daniel Blake
When: FRI, July 28
Where: Dornerplatz, 1170
Language: English with German subtitles

When: FRI, July 14
Where: Yppenplatz, 1160
Language: original with German subtitles

Toni Erdmann
When: FRI, August 4
Where: Janis-Joplin Promenade, 1220
Language: German

Kino im Schloss

© Schloss Neugebäude

When: 30 June – 3 September, daily screenings from 9:30pm
Where: Schloss Neugebäude, Otmar-Brix-Gasse 1, 1110
Entry: 8€ (6€ on Mondays and special family days – check the program)
Drinks/food: Snacks and drinks are available at the kino-buffet (Popcorn-Tuesday: free Popcorn)
All films are in German, or with German subtitles

For all of those who are more into current movies and blockbusters, the Kino im Schloss, at Schloss Neugebäude in Simmering, is the open air cinema for you. There are comfy sofas to sink into, or if you prefer, you can sit at tables like civilised people and enjoy food from a buffet during the movie. All films are in German, and will be screened regardless of the weather. And even though we all like getting wet from time to time, they have shelter in case it does rain. See the full program, here.

Don’t Miss Editor’s Picks

Logan – The Wolverine
When: SAT, July 1
Language: German

King Arthur: Legend of the sword
When: FRI, July 21
Language: German




When: July 7 – August 27, screenings are every Saturday and Friday, from 9pm
Where: Museumsquartier, Museumsplatz 1, 1070
Entry: free!
Drinks/food: everything goes, if you run dry, there are plenty of bars around the MQ that will look after you

As part of the MQ’s “Summer of Sound,” Fram[o]ut (said with a digitally enhanced robotic voice) is all about sound and sight and how the two can be artistically combined. Amongst the program are music videos, odd documentaries, music-themed films, promo vids, random films out of Asia and concert recordings.

Don’t Miss Editor’s Picks

The program is not yet avalaible. Keep on eye on the Frameout website for details.


Arena Sommerkino 

© Arena Sommerkino

When: August 26 – September 1
Start: doors open at 8pm, film starts at 9:30pm
Where: Arena, Baumgasse 80, 1030
Entry: varies from 0–10€
Drinks/food: everything goes, bring your own or munch on the hotdog or crepe stand typically set up outside

What should one expect from a summer cinema program set in a grungy, graffiti-riddled factory party/concert venue that began as an old punk squat? Well, an odd mishmash of arthouse and mainstream films, all with a to-be-expected quirkiness about them. Only throughout August, the Arena will be showing films in their open courtyard where concert goers are typically head banging to all sorts of bands. The program is much smaller this year, so you may want to get your tickets to the films showing as soon as you can. DJs will be setting the mood on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.

Tip: Bring a blanket to lay down on the grass.

Don’t Miss Editor’s Picks

Wilde Maus
When: FRI, September 1
Language: German


Kino am Dach

© Kino am Dach

When: June 8 – September 3
Film begins: 9pm
Where: Urban-Loritz-Platz 2, 1070 (on the roof of the Hauptbücherei – the city’s main library)
Entry: 8€ (Students 7€)
Food/drink: drink is available and so is food most of the time. If you’d rather save your money, it’s not hard to sneak in your own from home

Ah, ye’ ol’ favourite amongst the open air cinemas in Vienna – firstly, because of the vast range of films screened and secondly, because of the view. No matter how warm the night is, there’s a pleasant breeze up at the Kino am Dach – the highest cinema in the city. As always, they’re bringing a stellar program of international films to the rooftops of Vienna. EVERY! SINGLE! DAY! Check the program out on their Facebook page, here.

Don’t Miss Editor’s Picks (full program will be released soon)

Die Migrantigen
When: THU, June 8
Language: German

Film festival @ Rathausplatz

© Film Festival 

When: June 30 – September 3
Where: Rathausplatz, 1010
Entry: free!
Food and drinks: various choices from 26 different food stands boasting international cuisine; the parks in front of city hall – from which the music can also be heard – is also a nice spot for a picnic with your own food from home

The Filmfestival on Rathausplatz is the largest film festival in Vienna, screening a range of concert films – from classical to jazz to pop/rock performances. There’s a huge screen installed in front of the beautiful town hall, with enough free seats to accommodate a small village from Vorarlberg. The films begin at sundown. However, from 11am onwards there are over 20 food stands, featuring cuisine from around the globe. So enjoy sitting in the shade, have a Spritzer and wait for the film to begin. Throughout the summer, most films will be played twice. Most nights, there are also live performances of some sort before most screenings. Check out the full program, here

Don’t Miss Editor’s Picks

Mumford & Sons: Dust and Thunder
When: MON, July 3, 9:30pm

The Doors: Live at Hollywood Bowl 1968
When: TUE, July 25, 9:20pm

Leonard Cohen – Live in Dublin
When: MON, August 21, 8:45pm


Kino wie noch nie

© Filmarchiv Austria / Sabine Maier

When: July 29 – September 3, daily from 9:30pm
Where: Augartenspitz (Garten des Filmarchiv Austria), 1020
Entry: 8€
Food and Drink: organic, seasonal food made with regionally sourced ingredients will be served up at every screening

The beautifully set open air cinema of the Augarten, Kino Wie Noch Nie, is back again, and we have an inkling that this year’s going to be special. Not only is the atmosphere unique amongst the trees of the park, yet also the film program they’ve thrown together is full of old favourites and relatively new hits. Check out the full program, here.

Don’t Miss Editor’s Picks

When: SUN, July 2, 9:30pm
Language: English with German subtitles

The Piano
When: SUN, July 30
Language: English with German subtitles

When: THU, August 17
Language: original with German subtitles

Kino am Naschmarkt 2017

When: FRI, July 21, 8pm
Where: Rechte Wienzeile 2A, 1060
Entry: free! (but you can support their crowdfunding campaign, here!)

For one time a year only, Kino am Naschmarkt fills the car park where the Naschmarkt fleamarket usually sets up. With a huge screen projected onto a neighbouring building, hundreds of people set up their sofas, deck chairs and picnic blankets and spread themselves out, while all wearing the headphones provided by the organisers. The film to be screened is always a surprise right up until the night itself and the film starts rolling. Dozens of volunteers make this free cinema event possible, and this year, you can also help them make it possible by supporting the Kino am Naschmarkt crowdfunding campaign, here.


Science Fiction im Park

© Science Fiction im Park

When: May 29–June 3 (2 weekends in a row, with films screening from Friday to Sunday) Check out the program, here.
Where: Bruno-Kreisky-Park, 1050
Entry: free!

For 2 weekends at the beginning of the summer outdoor cinema season, you’ll find people set up on park benches, blankets and deck chairs in a quaint little park in the 4th district. The films showing up on the inflatable screen will turn any long-time Sci-fi nerd on, with classics like Matrix and Terminator amongst the mix. Check out the program, here.


dotdotdot . Open Air Kurzfilmfestival

When: July 4–September 1 (Every Thursday and Friday. Even if the weather turns bad. Check out the program, here.)
Where: In the garden of Volkskundemuseum Wien, Laudongasse 15-19, 1080
Entry: pay as much as you can

This is the one and only short film festival happening under the starry sky in Vienna, and boy is it a good one. There’s not only around 200 short films on their program, but they certainly live up to their name as a festival. Meaning, there are also lots of side events happening through the festival, including workshops and talks on the short form of cinema. This year’s focus is all about breaking down barriers and inclusiveness. This is the open air cinema you should be attending if you’re looking to broaden your experiences when it comes to film. And trust us, many of the films on the program will leave you thinking ‘…’

To make things short, check out the program, here. 

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