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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 ... Red more

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 Red more

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 ... Red more

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 Red more

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 Red more

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 ... Red more

May-June 2022 Classics

May-June 2022 Classics

With our new programme now online (full listings here), take a look at some of the classic films we’ll be showing throughout May and June 2022, including a couple of Westerns with legendary musical scores, family-friendly films for half-term, ... Red more

UPP Membership Screening Days – May 2022

UPP Membership Screening Days – May 2022

Thursday 5th May & Wednesday 11th May As part of our “Lights, Community, Action!” share offer campaign to make the Ultimate Picture Palace a community-owned cinema (more information on that here: uppcinema.com/owntheupp) we wanted to ... Red more

Lights, Community, Action! Launch Weekend

Lights, Community, Action! Launch Weekend

Friday 29th April – Sunday 1st May Celebrate the launch of our "Lights, Community, Action!" campaign to become a community-owned and community-run cinema this weekend. From Friday 29th April, join us for drop-in sessions, free screenings, and Red more

Love Like Blood – Cries and Whispers 50th Anniversary

Love Like Blood – Cries and Whispers 50th Anniversary

The main reason why you need to catch Bergman’s fifty year old but beautifully restored (by the BFI) melodrama Cries and Whispers is to experience the genius of its Oscar winning cinematography by Sven Nykvist on the big screen. This is a ... Red more

Charity Screening of Olga in Support of Ukraine

Charity Screening of Olga in Support of Ukraine

UK cinemas have united in support of Ukraine with a series of preview charity screenings of Olga. From each ticket sold, a donation will be made to support Ukraine via the British Red Cross Disasters Emergency Committee.  Red more

Oxford International Women’s Festival 2022

Oxford International Women’s Festival 2022

This year we have teamed up with The Oxford International Women’s Festival to bring you a special season of classic films written and directed by women. Red more

In the Mood for Wong Kar-Wai

In the Mood for Wong Kar-Wai

With our World of Wong Kar-Wai season taking place throughout February, UPP Duty Manager & Projectionist Martina Bani writes about why we fall in love with his movies. Red more

Our Top Ten Films of 2021

Our Top Ten Films of 2021

We've only been able to open for six months this year, but those six months were crammed with excellent films! Check out our top ten films of 2021 as voted by our staff and volunteers. Red more

Directorial Debuts Classics Season

Directorial Debuts Classics Season

Join us in January for a classic season of stunning directorial debuts, from genre-defining crime-noirs to incredible visionary tales of youth by some of cinemas greatest filmmakers. Red more

Christmas Classics Season 2021

Christmas Classics Season 2021

Join us throughout December for a season of festive classics to help you get in the mood for Christmas. Red more

Next Steps Towards Recovery

Next Steps Towards Recovery

Just as we have taken a careful and cautious approach to building our business back up we've seen you take a similar careful approach to returning to cinemas like ours and we want to share what our next steps are. Red more

UPP Presents: Japan 2021

UPP Presents: Japan 2021

This November we will be taking part in the BFI’s extensive Japan 2021 Season. We are incredibly excited to be showing 12 classic films across four consecutive weekends this November, each weekend focussing on a theme celebrating the brilliance of Japanese cinema. Red more

Monday 19th July: Covid-19 Update

Monday 19th July: Covid-19 Update

Thinking of each other – some changes at The Ultimate Picture Palace. As you probably know, the Government have confirmed that England will move to the final stage of easing lockdown restrictions on Mon 19 July. We wanted to let you know what ... Red more

Artist Callout: Film Poster Project

Artist Callout: Film Poster Project

Are you a local artist/designer with a passion for cinema? If so, we want to work with you on an upcoming project linked to our re-opening in May and beyond! We are looking to commission 6 artists/graphic designers to each design an original, ... Red more

UPP Re-opening in May 2021

UPP Re-opening in May 2021

It’s been a while since we’ve all been able to sit inside an auditorium and lose ourselves in the magic cinema, but - fingers crossed - that day isn’t too far away. Closed since December, cinemas have been eagerly looking ahead to the date that Red more

Dispatches from the Glasgow Film Festival and ICO Screen Days

Dispatches from the Glasgow Film Festival and ICO Screen Days

Cinemas may still be in lockdown, but the film industry is slowly beginning to wake up again. With Monday 17th May earmarked as the day in which cinemas in the UK could possibly return, it’s good to see studios and distributors starting to ... Red more

Happy 110th Birthday Ultimate Picture Palace

Happy 110th Birthday Ultimate Picture Palace

The Ultimate Picture Palace opened in 1911 as the Oxford Picture Palace, the city’s first purpose-built cinema, at a time when this was a hugely exciting and popular new form of entertainment. In this blog cinema volunteer and local historian Liz Woolley writes about that fateful year in which the UPP opened it's doors to the public. Red more

What's on

Today (Tuesday 9th August)

18:15

The Railway Children Return PG
Deaf/HOH Subtitles
1h 38m
The much-anticipated follow up to the beloved original, starring Sheridan Smith and Jenny Agutter reprising her iconic role of Bobbie from over fifty years ago.

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20:30

The Good Boss 15
Socially Distanced
1h 56m | Spanish w/ English subtitles
Oscar-winner Javier Bardem stars as a duplicitous factory boss striving for recognition in this ruthlessly funny satire of the modern corporate world.

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Tomorrow (Wednesday 10th August)

15:30

The Good Boss 15
1h 56m | Spanish w/ English subtitles
Oscar-winner Javier Bardem stars as a duplicitous factory boss striving for recognition in this ruthlessly funny satire of the modern corporate world.

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18:00

Kurt Vonnegut: Unstuck in Time Cert-TBC
Socially Distanced
2h 7m
A compelling documentary recounting the extraordinary life of renowned American writer Kurt Vonnegut, author of celebrated anti-war novel Slaughterhouse-Five.

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20:45

L'Argent 12A
1h 25m | French w/ English subtitles
A forged 500-franc note is passed from person to person in French master Robert Bresson's and haunting drama about money’s destructive power.

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