Phoenix Picturehouse

57 Walton Street,
Oxford, OX2 6AE

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Operated by: Picturehouse Cinemas UK

Previously operated by: Ben Jay's Circuit, Poole's Theatres Ltd., Star Cinemas

Architects: Gilbert T. Gardner

Functions: Movies (First Run), Movies (Foreign), Movies (Independent)

Previous Names: North Oxford Kinema, Scala Cinema, Studio 1-2, Phoenix 1-2

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 440871.704.2062

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Phoenix Picturehouse

Opened as the North Oxford Kinema on 15th March 1913 with a seating capacity of 498 on one floor. It was commissioned by R.H.J. Bartlett and a Mr. Green who employed local architect Gilbert T. Gardner to design the building. There was an outer foyer which contained a sweet shop and soda fountain and an inner lounge vestibule used for waiting in. The auditorium had a curved ceiling, the walls had wooden panelling at seating level and decorative plaster panels higher up. The screen was set between two decorated pillars.

It was re-named Scala Cinema in 1920 when the Gloucester based Poole’s Theatres Ltd. took over. In 1925 it was taken over by Ben Jay and re-named New Scala Cinema for a while. The next owner was J.E. Poynts who operated it from June 1930 until it was sold to Star Cinemas chain in 1970.

Star Cinemas converted the building into a twin cinema known as Studio 1-2 with seating for 220 and 105. On 17th July 1977 it was re-named Phoenix 1-2 and is now known as the Phoenix Picture House operated by City Screen and Picture House Cinemas.

Contributed by Lost Memory, Ken Roe

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Ian on March 27, 2007 at 2:30 am

The Phoenix was equipped for digital screenings in January 2007.

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