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
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).
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