Due to the current COVID-19 regulations, the available seats in the cinemas are heavily reduced. In order to be able to offer a cinematic program for as many visitors as possible and also to offer up to four screenings of Viennale films for the first time, five Viennese cinema institutions were invited to become part of the Viennale Circuit: With two Viennale screenings a day each, the cinemas accompany the festival and thus make it possible to extend the Viennale experience to other parts of the city.
We thank our Circuit cinemas very much for this beautiful new partnership. We also thank our five wonderful Viennale cinemas (Gartenbaukino, Stadtkino im Künstlerhaus, Urania, Österreichisches Filmmuseum and Metro Kinokulturhaus) for many years of loyalty and close cooperation.
It smells of leather and celluloid in the atmospheric foyer of the Admiral cinema. Charlie Chaplin greets you from the toilet door, an old coal stove that heated the cinema hall for a long time holds its ground in sympathetic nostalgia. Yet the cinema, which opened in 1913, is by no means backward in its thinking. Over the years, despite the most difficult circumstances, the cinema's operator Michaela Englert has modernized the cinema, in whose history women have always played a leading role, and is developing new concepts in the windmill battle against streaming services and pandemic restrictions. Programmatically, the cinema focuses on female filmmaking and intimate encounters with guests and the resulting discussions. From a pure re-enactment cinema, a diverse venue has developed, which knows how to inspire today's audiences just as much as Arthur Schnitzler did when he wrote about his visit to Admiralkino in his diary in 1929. The resilience with which this venue has survived many clearances in the Viennese cinema scene is inspiring and an expression of a great passion for cinema.
1070 Vienna, Burggasse 119 – admiralkino.at
BLICKLE KINO IM BELVEDERE 21
Although Vienna's mental city limits are only slowly crossing the "Gürtel", the Blickle Kino im Belvedere 21 is establishing itself as the central venue for the fine and increasingly important boundary between film and video works. Designed by architect Karl Schwanzer for the 1958 World's Fair pavilion, the cinema hall meets the highest technical standards. Blickle Kino today has made it its mission to create synergies between art, film and video, also as a supplement to the programs of the Austrian Film Museum, for example in the form of experimental film tracks. It is about the dialogue between mediation and practice. In the context of the museum, the cinema, which also shows series accompanying the exhibitions at Belvedere 21, is understood as a resistance that is intended to radiate moving images to the surrounding area and the growing neighborhoods around the main train station. Austrian works are embedded in international contexts and programmatic emphasis are placed on young film and video works.
1030 Vienna, Arsenalstraße 1 – belvedere.at
There is probably no other cinema in Vienna that can carry you off into other worlds so mysteriously through its architecture as the Filmcasino in the 5th district. As early as 1911, the "Margaretner Bürgerkino" was operated in the building. The name was changed after the First World War. After a crisis-related closure in 1989, the Volkshochschule Margareten took over the cinema, which has been a fixed star in the Viennese cinema scene ever since. Together with the in-house Polyfilm distribution, it is a program cinema with a focus on Austrian, European and Asian films. In recent years, the Filmcasino has also established itself with exciting repertoire programs, special series and an enthusiastic commitment to all those films that would otherwise not be shown in the cinema due to cultural and political power games. The fight against streaming portals is also taken up on other levels, for example by making the cinema strong with original posters and the special appeal of festival cooperation such as the SLASH film festival as a venue.
1050 Vienna, Margaretenstraße 78 – filmcasino.at
Film und Bühne c/o Studio Molière
A touch of Paris surrounds the streets close to the LE STUDIO Film und Bühne. Not only the French name of the young cinema and theater establishment in the 9th district has something to do with it, but also the connection with the Lycée Français, which manages the cinema. From 1905 to 1971, this venue, known as the "Flieger Kino", was already in operation. There is also a French focus throughout the year, but this is not to be understood dogmatically. Rather, the venue is interested in an integrative approach that aims to facilitate interfaces between film and theater and make them accessible to a broad audience. It is about a dialogue between the arts. Special programs for children or people with disabilities distinguish the young cinema. LE STUDIO dares to experiment and works on courageous concepts with young artists. In doing so, it sees itself as an international and tolerant place. LE STUDIO is affected by corona-related restrictions heavily because the second year after its opening is in an important phase for the establishment of a regular audience.
1090 Vienna, Liechtensteinstraße 37 – lestudio.at
A lively atmosphere dominates the front of the entrance to the votive cinema. Located directly on Währinger Straße and in the immediate vicinity of the main university, this cinema is surrounded by a young charm despite its long history. Founded in 1912, the building went through many phases. Until the 1980s it was a small district cinema with a repertory program, but after the Filmladen took over in 1986, the cinema became the most visited arthouse cinema in Vienna, not least because of its high technical standards and high appreciation of comfort. In three halls, the regular program covers a broad spectrum of what can be understood by art house cinema. Special attention is paid to Austrian and French language films. In addition, children's films have a high priority. In special programs such as the "Festival du Film Francophone" or the Vienna International Children's Film Festival, programmatic highlights are regularly set which ensure relatively good attendance figures, especially in the difficult pandemic period.
1090 Vienna, Währinger Straße 12 – votivkino.at