27 Feb 23
We're thrilled to announce that the Phoenix Picturehouse, one of only a handful of cinemas in the UK to have remained continuously active since opening on 15 March 1913, will be celebrating its 110th anniversary this year with a collection of special film screenings, events, and surprises for visitors and Members in Jericho, Oxford.
In line with the anniversary celebrations, guests will have the chance to see plenty of classics back on the big screen, kicking off on 31 March with Spike Lee's vibrant landmark Do The Right Thing, released in 1989 – the same year Picturehouse Cinemas was founded.
Celebrations then continue with a host of classic films that are also celebrating milestone birthdays: Her (Friday 28 April); Back To The Future Part II (Friday 26 May) and Summer With Monika (Friday 28 July).
Plus, Picturehouse Members can catch a Members-only free preview of Cannes Film Festival 2022 Jury Prize winner The Eight Mountains on Sunday 19 March as a special thank you for their support.
Proud to be deeply rooted in our vibrant neighbourhood, the Phoenix will also explore the social history of Jericho with Maggie Black and Nicola Josse's The Jericho Films: Twin Portraits Of A Unique Area Of Oxford 1974 and 2019 on Friday 17 March.
Film fans can also test their knowledge at the Film Quiz on Wednesday 15 March.
Throughout the celebrations, photos of the Phoenix through time will be available on display, along with opportunities to enjoy birthday-themed treats at the cinema's friendly upstairs bar.
Visitors will also have the chance to contribute to the celebrations themselves: a Daily Info competition looking for visitors' favourite memories of the Phoenix runs between mid-February to Mid-March, with the winner getting a cinema-themed goodie bag, and the Phoenix team will be reaching out to their customers for ideas as they look to reinstate murals around the building that were lost during refurbishment.
Ten years ago when The Phoenix celebrated its centenary, visitor Rita Reale described The Phoenix as "a place of necessary sanctuary".
The turbulent nature of the past few years makes this statement seem as poignant as ever, and this birthday is a chance to come together and celebrate what The Phoenix means to each of us.
Phoenix's 110th birthday celebrations kick off on Wednesday 15 March.
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