The loveliest historic little cinema in Walton Street, Oxford showing the best in arthouse, independent, cult and quality mainstream films. It also has a lively bar and event schedule.
The cinema first opened in 1913, called The North Oxford Kinema. Since then it has had several changes of ownership, becoming the Phoenix Cinema in 1989 before being established as the first of what is now the Picturehouse chain of 11 cinemas.
The building is an eccentric delight, situated about 15 minutes from the centre of Oxford by foot and surrounded by excellent cafes, restaurants, pubs and bars. There are 2 screens - the larger one housing about 200 seats and the smaller one about 100.
Upstairs is a cosy bar/cafe and food and drink are allowed in the screens.
The bar can also be hired for private functions such as birthdays, wedding receptions and corporate events, as can the 2 screens.
Around 4 or 5 films are show each week, with special screenings for parents with small children, those with autism and the over-60's. All major film releases are shown, but there is also a strong focus on foreign and arthouse film. Live theatre, ballet and opera screenings regularly form part of the schedules.
Pricing is in line with mainstream cinemas, but regular users would be advised to sign up to a membership scheme which gives several other benefits apart from reduced film rates.