Lights, Community, Action! Special Events

Lights, Community, Action! Special Events

May 23, 2022 | News

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 underneath at some of the exciting events coming up throughout May and June in collaboration with some of our favourite local promoters, festivals, and cultural organisations. 

On Thursday 26th May, we welcome MAONA Art, an independent community cinema and gallery committed to showcasing the best of African cinema and art, to the UPP for a one-off screening of Curaçao drama Bulado. The film, directed by Eché Janga, sees a young girl following her own path to adulthood after the death of her mother. The screening will be introduced by MAONA Art curator Tatenda Jamera and tickets are on sale for the specially discounted price of £5 each.

Thursday 26 May 6.15pm / MAONA presents: Bulado / Book Tickets

Daaarlings! Calling all dream makers, heart breakers, and bingo lovers, we’ve got something a bit different for you on Saturday 28 May. We have joined forces with local promoter Irregular Folks to bring you award-winning character comedian Tracey Collins as she hosts Bingo at Tiffany’s with Audrey Heartburn! Expect an evening of hilarious bingo games, raucous singalongs, and glamorous dancing.

Saturday 28 May, 8pm / Irregular Folks presents: Bingo at Tiffany’s with Audrey HeartburnBook Tickets

With Oxford Pride back in person this year – hoorah! – we’re thrilled to be teaming up with them once again. We asked the organisers to curate a season of LGBQT+ films to show at the cinema throughout the month of June, and they’ve picked some certified classics for you to enjoy. The season launches on Friday 3 June 9pm with a screening of Stephen Frears’ queer classic My Beautiful Laundrette, introduced by the organisers of Oxford Pride.

Friday 3 June, 9pm / Oxford Pride presents: My Beautiful LaundretteBook Tickets

The entire season of classics can be viewed here.

We’ve worked with the Oxford International Women’s Festival many times over the years, most recently for a season of feminist classics, so we’re delighted have them back at the cinema for special Q&A screening of BFI archival film The Camera Is Ours. The film features a series of short documentary films made by pioneering women filmmakers. The screening on Tuesday 7th June 6.15pm will include a post-screening discussion with BFI National Archive Curator Ros Cranston and the organisers of the Oxford International Women’s Festival.

Tuesday 7th June, 6.15pm / Oxford International Women’s Festival presents: The Camera is Ours + Q&ABook Tickets

We will be announcing more special events as we close to the end of our community-ownership campaign (ending on 1st July). If you haven’t already bought your shares, what are you waiting for? Head over to our webpage to fund our more about becoming a shareholder for the Ultimate Picture Palace Community Cinema:


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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!