Our Story

The North Oxford Kinema in Walton Street was opened in 1913. In 1920 it was renamed the Scala. The building was designed by local architect Gilbert T Gardner for proprietors Richard Henry John Bartlett, W Beeson and Charles Green. In 1930 sound equipment was installed. Subtitled films were regularly shown, which were especially popular with foreign-language students.

Over the following years, it became one of the most important art-house cinemas in the United Kingdom outside London. In 1970 the single auditorium was divided into two, and renamed Studios One and Two. After a change of ownership in 1977, it was renamed the Phoenix. In 1989 the venue became the first of what was to form the Picturehouse family of cinemas. A final addition of the bar in the 1990s brought the cinema to its current configuration.

Phoenix Picturehouse, Oxford
57 Walton Street

Opening Times

The cinema will open at least 15 minutes before the start of the first film each day.

Ticket Prices


Tuesday - Friday from 17.00.
All day Saturday, Sunday & Bank Holidays.

Adult    £11.60

Member    £9.60

Retired    £10.60

Retired Member    £8.60

Student    £10.60

Student Member    £8.60

Child    £7.10

Family    £28.40


Tuesday – Friday
before 17.00

Adult    £10.20

Member    £8.20

Retired    £9.20

Retired Member    £7.20

Student    £9.20

Student Member    £7.20

Child    £6.70

Family    £27.60

Happy Mondays

Every Monday
(except Bank Holidays)

Adult    £7.70

Member    £5.70

Retired    £7.70

Retired Member    £5.70

Student    £7.70

Student Member    £5.70

Child    £5.70

Family    £22.80

Silver Screen   £6.60

Clubs & Groups

(excludes Bank Holidays)

Silver Screen (Tue - Thu)    £6.20

Big Scream (Wed)    £8.20

Toddler Time (Thu)    £3.00

Kids' Club (Sat)    £2.50

Discover (Tue)    £5.00

Vintage Sundays (Sun)    £5.00

There is a £1.50 booking fee per transaction for telephone and online bookings. This fee does not apply to Picturehouse Members, or to tickets purchased in person at the cinema.

3D films cost £1.30 extra per person, not including 3D glasses. These cost an additional 70p and can be purchased at the cinema if you do not have your own.

*Family tickets are for four people, at least two of whom must be under 15. Not applicable to premium-priced screenings.

Tickets for Discover and Vintage Sundays screenings are £5 for Members (£8 general admission).

Have a question? We might have just the answer in our FAQs.


Travel Information

By Bus

We are easily accessible by bus (5-minute walk).

By Train

The nearest station is Oxford (15-minute walk).

By Car

Please note there is limited parking space in the area. For more information please visit the oxford.gov.uk.

Phoenix Gallery

Phoenix Gallery