I don’t know if you think about a cinema as female, male or neutral (well, in German we use the neutral article “das”, in French and Spanish it is male), but somehow this very special cinema is a lady, a grand dame to me. Tall, elegant, quaint!
100 years ago – on this very spot – a cinema was housed in a Palais, owned by the “Gartenbau Gesellschaft”, the horticulture society. In 1960 a new building had to be erected, luckily they didn’t forget about the cinema or the great style and interior design. So if you like a 60s appearance and an excellent movie programme, pay a visit to the grand dame of Vienna. And though it/she is Vienna’s biggest cinema, with 736 seats, I still think she offers a cosy atmosphere with plenty of space! And a nice bar-like entrance area.
All films are shown in original version (always check out the website for language, subtitles…) and Vienna’s most famous film festival, the Viennale, takes place here in autumn. Many debuts, premiere shows of celebrated Austrian and worldwide artists can be seen here. So it is not a surprise that in 1960 Mr Kirk Douglas was the very first who popped around for the opening of Gartenbau-Kino – at his premiere show of Kubrick’s Spartacus at the “grand dame”.