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Pre-Code Hollywood: the Rules are Made to be Broken

Pre-Code Hollywood: the Rules are Made to be Broken

Listen up, all you dirty rats and hot dames. Let us transport you back to Hollywood’s savage years, when the restrictive censorship of the Hays Code wasn’t worth the paper it was written on. Before the Hollywood censors decided to enforce the rules around sexuality,...

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Blood & Celluloid: Vampire Film Festival (Sat 15 Oct)

Blood & Celluloid: Vampire Film Festival (Sat 15 Oct)

Join us on Saturday 15th October 2022, between midday and midnight, for an all-day celebration of classic vampire films. Supported by the BFI, Blood and Celluloid: Vampire Film Festival features five films exploring different themes within the vampire film genre, with...

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Cinema closed for maintenance (12 – 18 August)

Cinema closed for maintenance (12 – 18 August)

The cinema will be closed for annual maintenance between Friday 12th and Thursday 18th August. We will be open again as usual from Friday 19th August with a brand new programme of new releases, special events, and seasons including classics by Jafar Panâhi, Satyajit...

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Job Vacancy: Cleaner (P/T Morning)

Job Vacancy: Cleaner (P/T Morning)

We are now accepting applications for a part-time morning Cleaner at Oxford’s oldest and only independent cinema. The successful applicant will join our small team of staff and volunteers to help maintain the functionality and cleanliness of our beautiful historic...

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Lights, Community, Action! Campaign Is A Success

Lights, Community, Action! Campaign Is A Success

Everyone who’s had a part in securing the future for The Ultimate Picture Palace – including its new community owners – can celebrate the exciting news that their beloved cinema will now be community-owned cinema and are looking forward to an exciting new chapter in...

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Seven Days Left to #OwnTheUPP

Seven Days Left to #OwnTheUPP

Our campaign to become a community-owned cinema has entered its final week, and there’s still time for you to buy community shares and become a co-owner of the Ultimate Picture Palace. Last week was an extraordinary week as we smashed through not one but two of our...

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Richard Curtis Supports #OwnTheUPP Campaign

Richard Curtis Supports #OwnTheUPP Campaign

BAFTA Award-winning filmmaker and screenwriter Richard Curtis is the latest among the ranks of notable names, as well as more than 950 investors, to join in the campaign to secure the future of The Ultimate Picture Palace. Our campaign, named “Lights, Community,...

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Lights, Community, Action! Special Events

Lights, Community, Action! Special Events

With our "Lights, Community, Action!" campaign to become community-owned cinema underway, we have partnered up with various Oxford organisations to bring you a series of special events, including classics, special-guest Q&As, and even some live comedy. Take a look...

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Plan your visit

Our beautiful art deco inspired auditorium can be found just off East Oxford's Cowley Road. We are open 7 days a week. We open the cinema and box office 30 minutes before the scheduled start time of each film, and the Box Office then closes 10 minutes after the film starts. We don’t show adverts, just a couple of trailers, so don't be late as the film itself starts very close to the advertised time!