Imagine lounging outside on a balmy summer evening, surrounded by bars and art museums. Now add in a free movie on a big screen: you’ve got the Frameout experience.
- Open-air cinema in Vienna’s Museumsquartier (MQ)
- Free entry and an eclectic mix of movies
- Films mostly in original English or with English subtitles
- Location is a summer hotspot in Vienna
- 2024 dates: TBA (was Fridays & Saturdays Jul 14 – Sept 2 in 2023)
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Movies and the MQ
(An evening viewing with the MUMOK museum behind; press photo © Christoph Storn)
The Museumsquartier has a dynamic cultural vibe to it throughout the year, what with all the art, dance and other events going on in the complex.
But the MQ really comes alive in summer, when the main courtyards fill with people there to soak up the warmth and chat over a glass of something cold from the many open-air bars that pop up for the season.
One of the highlights of the MQ summer is the Frameout digital film festival, with outdoor screenings of a mix of films that seem to mirror the eclectic artistic surroundings.
Anything seems possible: national & international movies, shorts, documentaries, science fiction, video art, action films, past classics, experimental films…anything.
(At home in the MQ)
In the past, side events have sometimes supported a showing. So, for example, you might have had an introductory discussion of the film, genre or topic preceding the actual screening. Or the filmmaker watched with you.
Find the summer 2024 programme at the festival website, once details becomes available.
2024 dates, tickets & tips
I don’t have 2024 dates just yet. Frameout ran on Friday and Saturday evenings from July 14th to September 2nd last time out.
Entry is free (yay!), and you can usually borrow a wireless audio headset on site for a returnable deposit (typically around €20 or use photo ID).
How to get to Frameout
See the main Museumsquartier article for directions to the MQ complex. The screenings typically take place in Courtyard 8, which is between the MUMOK museum and the Architecture Centre.
Basically, you go into the MQ through the main entrance, turn right and walk past the giant grey MUMOK building on your left (often the Saturday option).
If the weather is bad (rarely in a Vienna summer), then the Frameout showings tend to shift indoors.
Address: Museumsquartier, Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Vienna