30 May 2015

Lexa Cain's Summer Vacation Blog-Hop: Maynard's beloved FILMCASINO

My blog buddy a.k.a Egyptian horror author Lexa Cain did it again: a blog-hop about one's favorite places. Last time, it was all about "Dream Destinations". This time, it's about "Your Favorite Summer Vacation Spot".


"Is your favorite vacation spot a sunny beach, a bright city, or a secluded cabin? A romantic getaway or a place you loved as a child? We want to see it and know why it's your favorite!"

Okay, my favorite Summer Vacation Spot isn't exactly the typical choice for a relaxing holiday (hell, my holidays aren't even relaxing...), and since I visit it every year mostly in May and in September, it's not even a real "summer" vacation either, but - even though I love the sun, the sea, the beach - my favorite, let's say, 'Favorite Holiday Vacation Spot' is...

The "FILMCASINO, VIENNA",
located in the beautiful district of Margareten.
[ www.filmcasino.at | wikipedia.org/wiki/Margareten ]


In its current form, the FILMCASINO exists since 1989, but at that place, there have been other movie theaters before. It all started in 1911 under the name "KINEMATOGRAPHENTHEATER"(=Cinematographers Theater) which was changed in 1919 to the "MARGARETNER B√úRGERKINO" (=Civic cinema of Margareten).

After being 'aryanized' in 1938, and after the whole building was almost destroyed in 1946 (due to war damages), there wasn't much hope for another cinema in Margareten - until 1954 when architect Albrecht F. Hrzan redesigned it completely, and gave it (now called "Filmcasino") a new coat of whitewash in the zeitgeist of classic 1950s architecture.


The Filmcasino had to close sometime in the 70s and stood empty until 1989 when it was revived by the 'VHS Polycollege Margareten", slightly renovated by two Viennese architects (Elsa Prochazka & Silvin Seelich) and finally re-opened on Sept 21, 1989. Since then, it is Vienna's coolest-looking and most avantgarde movie theater, specializing in showing films off the mainstream and holding all kinds of filmfestivals.

I first visited the Filmcasino in September 2011 when the second /Slash Filmfestival took place. I instantly fell in love with this marvellous place with the mirrored ceiling in the foyer, all the lovely wood panelings, the super-cool sofas, the magnificent neon sign, and, of course, the absolutely wonderful cinema hall with stylish red curtains and 254 pretty comfy seats, here where I've seen hundreds and hundreds of films. Since 2011, I've visited the Filmcasino many, many times, watching several non-Multiplex films like "Beasts of the Southern Wild" or "Medianeras", several /Slash-related mini-events like the Austrian premieres of "Maniac" or "Sinister", and of course the /Slash Filmfestival and the /Slash 1/2 Mini-Festival (formerly: /Slashing Europe).


During the /Slash Filmfestival in September (11 days, more than 40 films), I stay for about 11-13 days in Vienna and spend most of the time in my beloved Filmcasino. There's not that much time for strolling around in other areas, so when I'm strolling, it's always in the district of Margareten, which is probably one of Vienna's loveliest areas, due to many, many cool streets, excellent little restaurants, pubs and ice cream parlours, super-nice little parks and other cool stuff. I've done the 6-7 minute walk from the metro station "Pilgramgasse" to the Filmcasino so often, I'm 99% sure I could do it with my eyes closed :-)

Is there anything else to say? Oh yeah! During my "Filmcasino holidays", I didn't just got the chance to see shitloads of great films, no, I also met a couple of awesome peeps that I can call my friends now - and last year, I met a super-cool girl there who is now my girlfriend :-) As you can see, spending your holidays in a movie theatre... no, is not just about fun and entertainment, it's also about friendship, love and happiness ^_^





Hope you enjoyed my little blog-hop contribution. Teehee! :-)



 "My Favorite Summer Vacation Spot" Blog Hop is sponsored by
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14 comments:

  1. Never knew about the Filmcasino. Thanks for sharing. Good luck with the new girlfriend.

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    1. Now you know! ;) My pleasure, and thank you!! :)

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  2. Maynard, now THAT's my idea for a perfect vacation spot! I'm envious.

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  3. You gotta go where you love to go, and it sounds like you love this place. Congrats on finding your girlfriend there.

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    1. Thanks! Yeah, it's a wonderful place and I love to meet up with my friends there.

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  4. I love the interior as well. Movies are too expensive here, so I binge on my favorite online channel. Yes, I know, it's not the same. Love your write up, and all those cute pointed (me) photos, (smile).

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    1. Online channels are good - but the Filmcasino is obviously better ;) Thank you, Dixie! :)

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  5. What fun! That's the classiest movie theater I've ever seen. So great it was rescued and redesigned after so much damage over the years. It must be a little slice of heaven to a film-o-phile like you, especially since you found your girlfriend there! Thanks for joining the hop and sharing with us! :)

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    1. Yeah, it's a marvellous place and I'm super-happy whenever I get the chance to visit it.
      My pleasure, Lexa, it's always fun to participate in a blog-hop! :)

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  6. Interesting and fun alternative to the popular beach theme running through this hop. I love that met your girlfriend there, very cool.

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    1. Well, I expected that most people gonna do some beach stuff, so I tried to do things a bit differently :)

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  7. What a wonderful place to find love and, of course, the perfect holiday destination :)

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    1. Indeed! Movies, popcorn, love - yay! :)

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