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.
Retired Member £8.60
Student Member £8.60
Retired Member £7.20
Student Member £7.20
Retired Member £5.70
Student Member £5.70
Silver Screen £6.60
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
We add a 70p booking fee per ticket (excluding tickets for Picturehouse Members) to bookings made online or over the phone. This fee doesn't apply to tickets you buy in person at the cinema.
3D films cost £1.30 extra per person, not including 3D glasses (you can buy these at the cinema for an extra 70p, or bring your own).
*Family tickets are for four people, at least two of whom must be under 15. Not applicable to premium-priced screenings.
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