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Summer in the City: Vienna Open-Air Cinemas

Published: June 28, 2016; 17:15 · (Vindobona)

Every summer in Vienna, numerous open-air cinemas show films on a wide range of topics. Admission is free of charge at the Musical Film Festival at City Hall, the “Cinema under the Stars” on Karlsplatz and at the wandering "Volxkino". Original versions with English or German subtitles can often be seen.

Summer in the City: Vienna Open-Air Cinema at Karlsplatz / Picture: © Stadt Wien

At the annual Music Film Festival, Vienna’s City Hall Square becomes a meeting point for music lovers and night owls - with free film screenings and culinary delicacies. The range of music films shown covers everything from opera to pop.

The "Cinema under the Stars" on Karlsplatz is also free of charge and celebrates its 20th anniversary this year with the Austrian film series "20 years – 20 films". An exciting film has been selected from each year starting with 1996. The composition bears witness to the diversity of Austrian filmmaking. In 2016, the "Cinema under the Stars" also dedicates a series of films to those filmmakers who were driven into exile during the period of National Socialism.

The "Cinema like never before" on the Augartenspitz presents a special line-up of concert and backstage films. At the cinema sessions, classic silent movies will be accompanied by extraordinary live music. Helmut Qualtinger is honored on the 30th anniversary of his death with the screening of his best films (including "The Name of the Rose"). There are also exciting Austrian premieres on the program. Culinary delights of organic quality complete the offering.

The "Cinema on the Roof" of the Main Library on the Gürtel is held under the slogan "High Lights" this year and presents innovations, festival successes, cult films and film classics. A retrospective is dedicated to the well-known American filmmaker Jim Jarmusch. Important music documentaries are represented with "Amy" and "Pulp". One evening a week is dedicated to Austrian film.

The Arena Summer Cinema shows an exciting mix of popular and unusual films. Come and find a comfy spot on the meadow with the blankets provided.

A traveling cinema in the old tradition is the Volxkino. It pitches it tents at unusual locations: between market stalls or municipal buildings, in parks or by subway stations. The focus lies on prize-winning films from around the world and current films from Austria. Admission is free.
Music Film Festival

1., Rathausplatz
Free admission
14 July - 4 September 2016
Cinema under the Stars

1., Karlsplatz/Resselpark in front of the Church of St. Charles
Free admission
Films in German and in the original with German or English subtitles
1 July - 23 July 2016
Cinema like never before

2., Augartenspitz/Obere Augartenstrasse 1e
30 June - 28 August 2016
Films in the original with German or English subtitles
Cinema on the Roof

7., Gürtel/Urban-Loritz-Platz 2a
Some films in German, others in the original version with subtitles
1 June - 31 August 2016
Arena Summer Cinema

3., Baumgasse 80
Some films in German, others in the original version with subtitles
17 August - 31 August 2016

at various locations
Start at Karmelitermarkt (2nd district)
Free admission
Some films in German, others in the original version with subtitles
3 June - 16 September 2016