Vienna’s Open Air Cinemas in 2018 – vienna würstelstand

Vienna’s Open Air Cinemas in 2018

June 5, 2018

Vienna's Open
Air Cinemas in 2018

June 5, 2018

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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!
Header pic © Kino unter Sternen / Markus Frühmann




When: June 8 – September 14
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 a total of 33 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 programme.

Don’t miss Editor’s Picks:

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
When: FRI, June 15, 9:30pm
Where: Ottakringer Brauerei
Language: Original with German subtitles

When: SAT, June 30, 9pm
Where: Hyblerpark, 1110
Language: German





When: July 13 – September 1, screenings are every Saturday and Friday, from 9:30pm
Where: MQ – Museumsquartier
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,” Frame[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 programme are music videos, odd documentaries, short movies and experimentals. Special themed evenings will focus on the Vienna Fashion Week or even the Cat Video Festival Vienna. You’ll also get to enjoy live music or Q&A sessions with guests.

Don’t Miss Editor’s Picks:
The programme is not yet available. Keep on eye on the Frameout website for details.



Arena Sommerkino

© Arena Sommerkino

When: August 16 – August 22, doors open at 8pm, film starts at around 9pm
Where: Arena Wien
Entry: varies from 0–6€
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 programme 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. The Arena will be showing films in their open courtyard where concertgoers are typically headbanging to all sorts of bands. With 7 films being screened there, the programme is rather small so you may want to get your tickets to the films showing as soon as you can. Check the programme out on their Facebook page, here.

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

Don’t miss Editor’s Picks:

Shut up and play the piano
When: SUN, August 19, 9pm
Language: Original with English subtitles
Entry: 6€



Kino am Dach

© Kino am Dach

When: June 1 – September 9, films start at 9pm
Where: 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 programme of international films to the rooftops of Vienna. EVERY! SINGLE! DAY! Check the programme out on their Facebook page, here.

Don’t miss Editor’s Picks:

When: SAT, June 16, 9pm
Language: Original with German subtitles

Die Migrantigen
When: THU, July 26, 9pm
Language: German



Film Festival at Rathausplatz

© Film Festival 

When: June 30 – September 2
Where: Rathausplatz
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 programme, here.

Don’t miss Editor’s Picks:

Hans Zimmer Live in Prague
When: SAT, July 14, 9:15pm, or MON, August 20, 8:45pm

The Nutcracker
When: WED, July 11, 9:15pm, or MON, August 27, 8:30pm



Kino unter Sternen

© Kino unter Sternen

When: June 29 – July 21, daily film screenings at 9:30pm with a special programme starting at 8:30pm
Where: Karlsplatz
Entry: free!
Food/drink: Snacks and drinks are available, but you can just bring your own

One of the most beautiful open air cinemas in Vienna will be returning this year: Kino unter Sternen. During one month, film screenings will take place in a special ambience with the Karlskirche in its background. The focus will be on Austrian actors in exile who are working and living in Hollywood. Before every film screening, directors, musicians, cabaret artists and actors will be on stage as well. And you can enjoy it all for free! Check the programme out, here.

Don’t miss Editor’s Picks:

Das finstere Tal (The Dark Valley)
When: SUN, July 8, 9:30pm
Language: Original with English subtitles



Kino wie noch nie

© Filmarchiv Austria / Sabine Maier

When: June 28 – August 26, daily from 9:30pm (June + July) or 9pm (August)
Where: Auguarten (Augartenspitz, Garten des Filmarchiv Austria)
Entry: 8€, reserve via
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 programme they’ve thrown together is full of old favourites and relatively new hits.

Don’t miss Editor’s Picks:
The programme is not yet available. Keep on eye on the website for details.



Science Fiction im Park

© Science Fiction im Park

When: June 11-16
Where: Bruno-Kreisky-Park, 1050
Entry: free!
Food and Drink: bring your own food!

For one week 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 1984 and Interstellar amongst the mix. Check out the programme, here.



dotdotdot . Open Air Kurzfilmfestival

Photo Kollektiv Fischka/Kramar © Volkskundemuseum Wien

When: July 3–August 24 (Every Thursday and Friday. Even if the weather turns bad.)
Where: In the garden of Volkskundemuseum Wien
Entry: pay as much as you can
Food and Drink: you’ll find vegan and vegetarian soul food from Deli bluem in the museum

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 150 short films on their programme, 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 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 programme will leave you thinking ‘…’ To make things short, check out the programme, here.

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