A travelling cinema! Here the expression “motion picture” gets a somewhat different meaning. The idea is simple but great: to show movies not only in the posh, trendy or well-known places, but literally everywhere in Vienna. Move to the people if they don’t move to a cinema!! And as People means “Volk” in German, you can guess where the name “Volxkino” has its origins.
Despite the fact that they also show a lot of Austrian movies (a good chance to improve your German), you should definitely try to join one of the shows on a nice summer evening! On the website you can also check on which dates they show films in their original version. Though some benches are provided, plenty of people come with blankets, yoga mats, cushions or whatever they may need to make themselves comfortable on the ground. They bring food, wine, their dogs and babies to enjoy a lovely outdoor evening.
The great thing about Volxkino – apart from the fact it’s free and you are watching a movie outside – is the chance to see unknown and-non touristy parts of Vienna! A working class heroes movie in a huge inner courtyard of council flats from the 1920s, an Israeli film on the market of a very Jewish district: so reality and fiction might meld together a little. The open-air cinema has been around for nearly 30 years and after my first visit to some show, I immediately turned into a fan!