It should start before the summer, although Shetler has scheduled around six months for the work. In any case, they want to be open again at the beginning of October and thus in time for the Viennale. “The concept provides for a comprehensive renovation – from the building services and electrics to the preservation of monuments.” Much is being renovated, some even being returned to the original condition of the 1960s. From a ceiling painting at the bar to the ceiling tiles, the horticultural cinema is on the collar. The core of the 736 seats will be retained and will be refurbished. “Ideally, these will be changes that you not only see but also feel,” says Shetler, outlining the project.
Manfred Wehdorn’s architectural office is responsible for the renovation concept, who has established himself as an expert in dealing with listed buildings, for example with the Hofburg or the Museumsquartier. “We wanted someone who recognizes and values this quality,” emphasizes Shetler.
A total of 3.3 million euros have been calculated for this quality, of which the city has already promised two million euros. In addition, a crowdfunding project in the form of chair sponsorships will start in February. Shetler hopes that then in autumn Vienna’s largest single-room cinema will shine in a new splendor and thus boost the mood in the entire industry, “I believe that this will also have a certain symbolic effect.”