Your Ultimate Guide to Vienna's Open Air Cinemas in 2019

Your Ultimate Guide to Vienna’s Open Air Cinemas in 2019

June 17, 2019
Open air cinemas in Vienna
Open air cinemas in Vienna

Your Ultimate Guide
to Vienna's Open Air
Cinemas in 2019

June 17, 2019

Vienna Würstelstand's and say

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: May 24 – September 16
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 in the programme.

Don’t miss Editor’s Picks:

Die kleine Veronika
When: SUN, June 23, 9pm
Where: Burjanplatz, 1150
Language: silent movie with live music by KMET

Waldheim’s Walzer
When: THU, September 5, 7:30pm
Where: Tempelgasse 5, 1020
Language: German


Kino am Dach

© Kino am Dach

When: June 6 – September 8, films start at 9pm (June, July) / 8:30pm (August)
Where: on the roof of the Hauptbücherei – the city’s main library
Entry: 8.50€ (7.50€ students)
Food/drink: drinks are 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 or their website.

Don’t miss Editor’s Picks:

Call me by your name
When: SAT, June 16, 9pm
Language: Original with German subtitles

When: THU, August 29, 8:30pm
Language: Original with German subtitles


Margaretner Filmnächte: Science Fiction im Park

© Science Fiction im Park

When: TUE–THU, 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 being screened up on the inflatable screen will delight any long-time Sci-fi nerd, with (trashy) classics like Supersonic Man and Killer Clowns From Outer Space amongst the mix. Check out the programme on their website.



When: June 28 – July 19
Where: Karlsplatz
Entry: free!
Drinks/food: bring your own food!

Kaleidoskop is this year’s latest addition to the open air cinemas in town. This new film festival will be located at Karlsplatz in front of the church, and its focus will be on urban spaces and the associated cultural, architectural and socio-political developments. They’ll be showing a bunch of movies that will entertain, amuse, move, and stimulate reflection and discussion. Don’t forget to check out the programme of this year.

Don’t Miss Editor’s Picks:

Exit through the gift shop
When: FRI, July 5, 9pm–12am
Language: Original with German subtitles

Donna Haraway: Story Telling for Earthly Survival
When: WED, July 10, 9pm–12am
Language: Original


Kino wie noch nie

© Filmarchiv Austria / Sabine Maier

When: June 27 – August 25, daily from 9:30pm (June + July) or 9pm (August)
Where: Auguarten (Augartenspitz, Garten des Filmarchiv Austria)
Entry: 8.50€, 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:

Dirty Dancing
When: WED, July 3, 9:30pm
Language: Original

The Exorcist
When: THU, July 25, 9:30pm
Language: Original

Bohemian Rhapsody
When: SAT, August 10, 9pm
Language: Original with German subtitles



Film Festival at Rathausplatz

© Film Festival 

When: June 29 – September 1
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 open air 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, sipping at a Spritzer and waiting 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 on their website.

Don’t miss Editor’s Picks:

Norah Jones Live at Ronnie Scott’s
When: THU, July 11, 9:15pm

The Nutcracker
When: THU, July 2, 9:30pm, or SUN, August 11, 9pm




When: July 12 – August 31, screenings are every Friday and Saturday, 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 and there’s even the beloved ‘Cat Video Festival Vienna.’ You’ll also get to enjoy live music, or a Q&A session with guests at every screening.

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


dotdotdot . Open Air Kurzfilmfestival

Photo Kollektiv Fischka/Kramar © Volkskundemuseum Wien

When: July 2 – August 30 (every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at dusk.)
Where: In the garden of Volkskundemuseum Wien
Entry: pay as much as you can
Food and Drink: you’ll find delicious food from Hildebrandt 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 throughout 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 ‘…’ Check out the programme as soon as it will be available on their website.


Arena Sommerkino

© Arena Sommerkino

When: August 15 – August 28,  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 concert-goers are typically head-banging to all sorts of bands. With 12 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 out the programme out on their Facebook page.

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

Don’t miss Editor’s Picks:

Free Solo
When: WED, August 21, 9pm
Language: Original with German subtitles
Entry: 6€


Stumm & Laut

© Stumm & Laut

When: THU–SAT, August 22 – 24, 8pm
Where: Columbusplatz
Entry: free!

At the film festival, Stumm & Laut, you’ll be in for a treat this summer. At the 10th district’s Columbusplatz, a raft of old silent films will be screened, while live music will be performed along with it like a live soundtrack.

This is a different kind of open air cinema, if you ask us, and it’s definitely worth checking out while it’s happening.

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

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