Cinemas in Vienna

Watch films in charming Viennese cinemas

Especially on rainy days or when it’s cold outside, many Viennese visit the numerous and varied cinemas in the city. But the cinemas, especially those which are independent, are well worth a visit, also even if you are just here for a short trip. In contrast to many other cities, these independent cinemas have not only survived in the competition with multiplex cinemas but they are extremely popular with local Viennese.


Cinema in Vienna (also) in French

One of the most charming cinemas in the city is, without a doubt, the “De France”, which is located near the main University and Schottentor. As the name already indicates, many French films are shown here in original version with subtitles. But also English films are shown in the two auditoriums. “De France” is definitely the first port of call for fans of French films who wish to spend a relaxing afternoon or evening at the cinema.

De France
Address: Schottenring 5 / Heßgasse 7, 1010 Vienna


The No. 1 cinema in Vienna for English fans


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In the heart of the city –  between Judenplatz and Hohen Markt – movie buffs will discover one of the most interesting cinemas in the city: “Artis International”. A few years ago, the management decided that the films would be shown in the original language. Most of the films are in English and are shown in a number of auditoriums. The “Artis International”, although regarded as an institution on the Viennese cinema scene for decades, does not exclusively show independent films but, on the contrary, also blockbusters.

Artis International
Address: Schultergasse 5, 1010 Vienna


The oldest original language cinema in Vienna

Situated at one of the most prominent locations in Vienna – on the Ringstraße (the road encircling the city’s first district) – is the time-honoured “Burg Kino”. It is the oldest cinema in the city which shows films in their original language. Here you can choose from current films as well as classics from the golden age of cinema or Hollywood films from the last century and some in black&white. This cinema embodies the culture of cinema which is evidenced and confirmed in the programme. And at times, blockbusters are also projected onto the screens of the “Burg Kino”.

Burg Kino
Address: Opernring 19, 1010 Vienna


High-class cinema and headquarters of the Viennale


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A further cinema is located on the Ringstraße, the venerable “Gartenbaukino”. With only one auditorium, it is one of the most high-class cinemas in the city. Here films celebrate their premieres in the presence of actors and directors, red carpet included, of course. The “Gartenbaukino” is also an integral part of the world-famous Viennese cinema festival – the “Viennale“. Both the opening and closing films are shown here. The cinema foyer is reminiscent of the 1950s and is well-known for its wild parties. It is for good reason that it is one of the most popular places for the Viennese when they go out for the evening. The “Strahler 80” parties the cinema hosts are not only popular with movie buffs and they have become legendary.

Address: Parkring 12, 1010 Vienna


A time journey to the golden age of cinema


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The wonderful entrance to the Viennese “Filmcasino“, with its neon sign in Margaretenstraße makes you feel as if you have journeyed to the past. Such neon signs are unfortunately no longer a part of daily life in Vienna. Here, in what has developed into one of the trendiest districts of the city, you can watch independent films from national and international productions. Also here premieres are shown a number of times per year in the presence of the respective artists. The “Filmcasino” lies at the heart of a lively quarter of the city where many go for a night out near Margaretenplatz, the Naschmarkt and the Schlossquadrat. Not only are visitors attracted by the cinema but also by the various clubs, bars and restaurants which are situated in this lively part of the city. Here you will find some CheckVienna apartments in this quarter:

Address: Margaretenstraße 78, 1050 Vienna


Charming newcomer – Filmhaus am Spittelberg


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The Filmhaus is a branch of the Filmcasino and as such it continues its traditions faithfully. Moreover, among the many traditional Viennese cinemas, it is more of a newcomer, which in no way takes away from its charm. The cinema programme alternates between international independent films, the latest Austrian and European films and award-winning documentaries.

Address: Spittelberggasse 3, 1070 Vienna


Cinema with a contrasting programme – the good old Schikaneder


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This cinema is a true collection of artistic alternatives to the run of the mill Hollywood blockbusters. If you have had enough of mainstream movies, you really should go to Schikaneder. Charm, flair and individuality can be found here in abundance, as is also reflected in the wide variety of cinema seats. Here it is up to the visitors to decide whether they prefer traditional cinema seats or whether they prefer to watch films lying on a couch. And after a film, you can get involved in a lively exchange of opinions at the in-house bar – this is positively encouraged!

Address: Margaretenstraße 24, 1040 Vienna


Traditional, child-friendly and unusual– Breitenseer Lichtspiele


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The cinema was founded in 1905, which makes the Breitenseer Lichtspiele – beside the Burgkino – the oldest cinema in Vienna. Here, tradition is very important. Only Austrian and European films are shown and there are regular silent film screenings – sometimes even accompanied by text or music. In addition, a children’s programme, which takes place several times a week, rounds off the offer at this special cinema.

Unusual highlight: Every six weeks, a so-called “knitting film” takes place. On these evenings, the lighting in the cinema is only slightly dimmed, so that the audience has enough light for knitting at the same time.

BSL Kino – Breitenseer Lichtspiele
Address: Breitenseer Straße 21, 1140 Vienna


Cuisine and film united in Top Kino


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When you first visit Top Kino, you will likely be surprised at first. But then you will quickly understand the wonderful concept: in this cinema, kitchen, bar and cinema are perfectly combined. This means that you can not only have a lovely meal in a relaxed atmosphere but you will also gets your money’s worth in culinary terms.

Top Kino
Address: Rahlgasse 1, 1060 Vienna


The large cinema chains


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The large cinema chains can also be found in Vienna. These include above all the Cineplexx cinemas. They are not only the largest but also the most diverse chain in the city. In the larger cinemas in the Donazentrum, Auhof, Wienerberg and Millennium City, the latest Hollywood movies are shown. But there are also a few smaller cinemas in Vienna. Although these belong to the Cineplexx family, they have a more personal and traditional charm. These include the Actors Studio, Apollo, Urania and the Village Cinema.

The Megaplex chain has shrunk considerably compared to the past. Nevertheless, you will get your money’s worth if you go along to the two remaining cinemas. New releases are just as much a part of the programme as popular blockbusters and classic family films. For all those who want a nice evening in the cinema without crowds, we can highly recommend the Megaplex cinemas.

Donau Zentrum – Wagramerstraße 79, 1220 Vienna
Wien Auhof – Albert Schweitzer Gasse 6 (Auhofcenter), 1140 Vienna
Millennium City – Wehlistraße 66, 1200 Vienna
Wienerberg – Wienerbergstraße 11, 1100 Vienna
Actors Studio – Tuchlauben 13, 1010 Vienna
Apollo – Gumpendorferstraße 63, 1060 Vienna
Urania Kino – Urania Straße 1, 1010 Vienna
Village Cinema Wien Mitte – Landstraßer Hauptstraße 2a, 1030 Vienna

Guglgasse 11, 1110 Vienna
Ignaz-Köck-Straße 1, 1210 Vienna


Regardless of whether you would like to watch a blockbuster or an independent film, the cinemas in Vienna offer the most suitable film for every taste and mood. In many cinemas in the city, visitors can enjoy price reductions on a Monday – simply check out the programme online and don’t forget your popcorn!

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