Leisure activities for gays & lesbians in Vienna
There are a lot of clubs and offers for gays and lesbians - certainly also for bisexuals, trans- and intersexuals that offer a variety of lesure activites. First of all Club Kreativ has a wide range of activites. From handicraft work to Volleyballd, Swimming, Soccer and Hiking, there’s almost nothing you can’t do together with other gays and lesbians.
From huge multiplexes to independent theaters, Vienna’s cinema scene has something for everyone. The capital’s first cinema opened in 1902 in the Prater, while the Breitenseer Lichtspiele (est. 1905) in the fourteenth district refers to itself as the world’s oldest surviving cinema to have never closed its doors. Vienna has around 30 cinemas with somewhere in the region of 26,000 seats. In addition to the primarily mainstream multiplexes there is a whole host of art house cinemas to choose from. Some of these, such as the Gartenbaukino on the Ringstrasse, are historic gems featuring original interiors. This 1960s masterpiece features an impressively large screen and 736 seats. One of the most attractive picture houses in the city, it is also one of the key venues of the Viennale film festival.
Also in the heart of the city, in the same building that houses the Albertina, is the Filmmuseum, which is not a museum at all: its only exhibitions are the films on show in its “invisible cinema”. The theater’s interior was finished entirely in black by experimental film-maker and artist Peter Kubelka to put the architecture in the background, allowing the film to take center stage. Dedicated to collecting, preserving and restoring celluloid works, the Filmmuseum is also home to one of the world’s leading collections of avant garde films.
A new mecca for cinema fans opened its doors in fall 2014 in the shape of the Filmarchiv Austria operated by Metro Kinokulturhaus. In addition to the Metro cinema, which breathes new life into a beautiful former theater, the new Kinokulturhaus in the first district even has its own bijou studio cinema. Filmarchiv Austria is the central repository and archive for Austria’s audiovisual heritage, with items in its collections dating from the 19th century all the way to the present day. Alongside films, programs, posters and books, it also has a wide array of original equipment.
There are many places to enjoy absorbing films in Vienna, including the Filmcasino with its delightful 50s interiors, the nostalgic and slightly antiquated Bellaria cinema, the art house Topkino and Schikaneder Kino, the Burg Kino which shows the original English version of The Third Man every Tuesday, Friday and Sunday, the Votivkino, De France and many more besides. Many of the city’s art house cinemas have turned into popular hangouts thanks to the excellent food and drink they have to offer. Good examples include the Schikaneder-Kino, Topkino, Gartenbaukino and Filmmuseum bars, as well as the Ludwig & Adele restaurant in the Stadtkino inside the Künstlerhaus. The vast majority of the cinemas above screen films in the original language, while the English Cinema Haydn and the Burg-Kino specialize in English-language films.
Source: Wien Tourismus