The heart of the new Metro Kinokulturhaus is a historic, heritage listed cinema auditorium dating to 1893, which was converted into a theater in 1924. With its wood paneling and red interior, it ranks among the most beautiful cinemas in Vienna nowadays. From the spacious foyer, visitors can look into the auditorium through a glass wall.
The two floors directly above the cinema have been developed into the Kinokulturhaus following extensive remodeling work. The 500 m² exhibition space is used for temporary exhibitions on the topic of film and cinematic history, also linked to retrospectives and film events.
On the first floor, there is an additional new cinema auditorium with 49 seats, named after the film producer Eric Pleskow, who hails from Vienna. To go with Vienna as a city of film, the aim is to make the topic of film and cinema visible in the Metro Kinokulturhaus in historical, cultural and social terms by organizing changing exhibitions. At the same time, Filmarchiv Austria (Austrian Film Archive) has the opportunity to present its activities here.
Current exhibition: Unwanted Cinema. Expelled Filmmakers in Vienna and Budapest 1933-1938
In 1933, the National Socialists seized power in Germany. For Jewish filmmakers, producers and actors, this meant exclusion from German film production. Many of them fled to neighboring countries, although it soon became impossible for them to find work there, too. This misery gave rise to an independent film production scene in Vienna and Budapest that was extremely unwelcome by the National Socialists – the unwanted cinema. The exhibition sheds light on this little known aspect of Austrian film history with numerous objects and documents.
October 17, 2019 – January 31, 2020
Metro KinokulturhausJohannesgasse 4, 1010 Wien
- Adults €6
- Combination ticket for Exhibition & Cinema: €11
- Exhibition: daily, 15:00 - 21:00
- no steps
- 1 Wheelchair spaces available
- Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
- Main entrance