Your Ultimate Guide to Vienna's Open Air Cinemas in 2020

Your Ultimate Guide to Vienna’s Open Air Cinemas in 2020

June 29, 2020

Your Ultimate Guide
to Vienna's Open Air
Cinemas in 2020

June 29, 2020

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 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: July 1 – September 18
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 nomadic wandering cinema. The Volxkino will be hosting pop-up film screenings at 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:

When: THU, July 30, 9pm
Where: Karmelitermarkt
Language: Original version with German subtitles

Jojo Rabbit
When: MON, August 31, 8pm
Where: Schweizergarten
Language: English with German subtitles


Kino am Dach

© Kino am Dach

When: June 18 – September 27, films start at 9pm (June, July) / 8:30pm (August) / 8pm (September)
Where: on the roof of the Hauptbücherei – the city’s main library
Entry: 10€ (9€ students), buy tickets online (no box office tickets!)
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 stuff from home 😉

Ahhhh, ye’ ol’ favourite amongst the open air cinemas in Vienna – firstly, because of the vast range of films it screens 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:

When: SAT, July 4, 9pm
Language: English with German subtitles

Life of Brian
When: SUN, July 5, 9pm
Language: English with German subtitles


Kino wie noch nie

© Filmarchiv Austria / Sabine Maier

When: July 9 – August 16, 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:

Before Sunrise
When: SAT, July 25, 9:30pm
Language: English with German subtitles

Vienna’s lost daugthers
When: TUE, August 4, 9pm
Language: OV (mix of English & German) with German subtitles



Film Festival at Rathausplatz

© Film Festival 

When: July 4 – September 6
Where: Rathausplatz
Entry: free! Reserve a free box for 2 or 4 people online
Food and drinks: various choices from this year’s caterer DO & CO, delivering international cuisine in a separate restaurant-style area with space for 500 ppl.; 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 Rathausplatzwill be looking a little different in the year of Corona. They will still be screening a range of concert films – from Classical to Jazz to Pop/Rock performances – up on a big screen. The a huge screen will be installed in front of the beautiful town hall, but this year, in order to comply with Covid-19 regulations, they’ve installed 164 boxes for 2 to 4 people from which you can enjoy the open air cinema. You can reserve the boxes free of charge on their website and you have to reserve.

Throughout the summer, most films will be played twice. Check out the full programme on their website.

Also good to know… like every year, there will be a culinary experience attached to the film festival, however, this year it will be a seated affair. All the different food stands will be set up, but seating will be assigned by staff in the open air dining area.

Don’t miss Editor’s Picks:

Romeo & Juliet
When: TUE, July 7, 9:32pm & SAT, August 25, 8:32pm

Parov Stelar plays Baloise Session
When: THU, July 30, 9:15pm, & MON, August 27, 8:30pm




When: July 17 – September 5, screenings are every Friday and Saturday, check the websites for dates
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

The Frame[o]ut (said with a digitally enhanced robotic voice) film festival at the MQ 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.

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 5 – August 25 (every Monday, Tuestday and Sunday at dusk)
Where: In the garden of Volkskundemuseum Wien
Entry: pay as much as you can (8.50€ recommended), buy a ticket online
Food and Drink: you’ll find cold drinks at the film bar

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 around 120 short films from 40 countries on their programme.

This is the open air cinema you should be attending if you’re looking to broaden your experience when it comes to film. And trust us, many of the films on the programme will leave you thinking ‘…’ Check out the programme on the website!

Don’t Miss Editor’s Picks:

Puppet Masters: Together, Apart
When: MON, July 13, 9pm

Ethnocineca: Roots and Ties
When: TUE, August 18, 8:30pm


Sommerkino im Belvedere 21

© Lukas Schaller / Belvedere, Wien

When: August 7 – 30, Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays from 9pm
Where: Belvedere 21
Entry: free! You need to have an entrance ticket to the museum though
Drinks/food: maybe you can sneak in your own food

This summer, the Belvedere is moving its outdoor cinema from the beautiful location of the Orangerie in the Lower Belvedere to the sculpture garden of the Belvedere 21. Films that will be screened will relate in someway to this year’s theme, ‘Vision of Reality.’ Most films are being shown in the original versions, with subtitles. Be sure to check out the programme.

Don’t Miss Editor’s Picks:

The Truman Show
When: SAT, August 8, 9pm
Language: English with German subtitles



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