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 to Friday after 17.00. All day Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays.

Adult    £12.60 

Member    £9.60 

Retired    £11.20 

Retired Member    £8.20 

Student    £11.20 

Student Member    £8.20 

Child    £8.10 

Family*    £30.00 

(four people, including at least two children)


Tuesday to Friday before 17.00.

Adult    £11.00 

Member    £8.00 

Retired    £9.70 

Retired Member    £6.70 

Student    £9.70 

Student Member    £6.70 

Child    £7.40 

Family*    £28.40 

(four people, including at least two children)

Happy Mondays

All day Monday (Excluding Bank Holidays)

Adult    £8.20 

Member    £5.20 

Retired    £8.20

Retired Member    £5.20 

Student    £8.20 

Student Member    £5.20 

Child    £6.20 

Family*    £23.60 

(four people, including at least two children)

Please note that peak or altered pricing may apply for certain films, special events and holiday periods. More information on pricing is available in our FAQs and Terms & Conditions.

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 may cost £1.30 extra per person, not including 3D glasses (you can buy these at the cinema for an extra £1, free for Members, 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.

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

Clubs & Groups


£3.30 per person.

Our Autism-Friendly screenings take place on the third Sunday of the month.

At these screenings, we strive to create an environment that is welcoming for people with a range of conditions such as autism, learning disabilities and cognitive disorders.

Watch with Baby 

Regular prices apply.

The Watch with Baby club is for parents and guardians with babies under one year old.

Watch with Baby at Pheonix takes place on Wednesdays at 11.00.

Kids' Club    

£3.30 per person.

The Kids' Club is every Saturday at 11.00. Doors open at 10.30.

Toddler Time   

£3.30 (accompanying adults free).

Join us Thursdays at 11.30 for 30 minutes of episodes for preschool children and their parents and carers.

A great way to introduce your toddler to the experience of the cinema!


£4.30 per person, with free tickets for accompanying carers.

Our Dementia-Friendly screenings are open to all but cater especially for people living with dementia. 

Free tea/coffee and biscuits are served before the film, and there's also a short interval.

Click here for upcoming screenings.

Discover / Rediscover   

New and classic films on the big screen where they belong.

Silver Screen 


Silver Screen is a free-to-join club for the over-60s.

Members can enjoy free tea or coffee and biscuits at the weekly Silver Screen shows.

Silver Screen runs Mondays-Thursdays before 17.00.

Non-members are welcome - the usual ticket prices apply.

Click here for upcoming screenings.

Screen Arts   

Ticket prices vary.

Bringing world-class productions of theatre, ballet, opera and live music to the big screen.



U25 is for anyone ages 16–25. Signing up to U25 is FREE.  Members have access to discounted tickets at any time Monday to Thursday when booked online and via the Picturehouse App only.


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