There are more English-language cinemas in Vienna than in many British and US towns (I made that fact up, but it feels plausible).
If you do want to catch the latest blockbuster or arthouse release in English, you should have few problems.
The international cinema scene
The large number of screens showing films without dubbing is only partly due to Vienna’s large international community and visiting tourists.
Many young Austrians, in particular, want to watch films in English; partly to improve their language skills and partly because their English is often good enough for them to enjoy the movie as it was intended.
As a result, even “local” German-language cinemas may have the occasional showing in English. However, several places specialise in original-language film.
For popular, mainstream movies, try these English cinemas:
The Haydn Kino
This is where I go to watch the latest films. The Haydn sits on one of the main shopping streets (see map at the end of this article), close to the Haydn monument. Reach it easily on the U3 subway line. The area is full of restaurants and bars (and even a McDonald’s).
The Haydn also screens occasional live performances of ballet, opera and theatre from the UK. La Traviata anyone? And…it also has occasional special screenings, such as Love Actually at Christmas or a Harry Potter revival.
Address: Mariahilfer Straße 57, 1060 Vienna | Website
Part of the Cineplexx chain and the most central of the English cinemas, slap bang in the middle of the old town between the famous Ankeruhr and just off Judenplatz, which has the Jewish Museum and Holocaust Memorial.
Address: Schultergasse 5, 1010 Vienna | Website
The Burg Kino
Another central one, close to the grand old Kunsthistorisches Museum. This cinema also does specials, such as French films with German subtitles or movie and discussion nights.
Most importantly, the Burg shows The Third Man every week. This 1949 Oscar-winning movie based (and filmed) in post-war Vienna is worth seeing for the locations alone. My wife assures me they didn’t have to build any sets for the war-torn city shots: they just filmed what was already (not) there.
Address: Opernring 19, 1010 Vienna | Website
Other English-language cinemas
For less mainstream English-language movies, try these. The first three are particularly central, being close to (or on) the Ringstrassen boulevard:
- Votiv Kino (often participates in film festivals so look out for special showings)
- Währingerstarsse 12 (9th district) | Website
- De France
- Schottenring 5 (1st district) | Website (shared with the Votiv Kino)
- Gartenbaukino (possibly the most prestigious address)
- Parkring 12 (1st district) | Website
- Filmcasino (another film festival favourite)
- Margaretenstraße 78 (5th district) | Website
- Margaretenstraße 24 (4th district)| Website
- Top Kino
- Rahlgasse 1 (6th district) | Website
Vienna also hosts various international film festivals and film events, many featuring films in English (with subtitles) or films in other languages with English subtitles. I have a list here.
The German for cinema is Kino. Some local cinemas also have the occasional showing in English. If you’re browsing listings in a paper or outside a movie theater, look out for these abbreviations:
- OV (means it’s shown in the original language version)
- OmU or OmdU (same as OV, but the film also has German subtitles)
- OmeU (as OV, but with English subtitles)
Enjoy your popcorn.
(P.S. For more English-language culture, note that opera houses, theatres, etc. in Vienna often now have English subtitles either above the stage, available through an app, or appearing on a small screen at your seat.)