Directed by John Waters | USA | 1988 | 1h 32m | Starring Ricki Lake, Sonny Bono, Divine, Debbie Harry, Jerry Stiller

In 1962 Baltimore, teenagers go head-to-head vying for the starring role on a popular dance TV show. Step forward self-proclaimed “pleasantly plump” teenager Tracy who rises to top – making boyfriends and enemies along the way – while pushing for more racial integration on the show. John Waters subversive slice of retro nostalgia dials down his usual grotesquery for this charmingly accessible musical comedy.

Our screening on Friday 22 July will be introduced by comedian Jamie Mykeala as part of the Oxford Comedy Festival.


‘It is absurd and jolly, parodying not only the worst conventions of the teen film but also the Sixties social-conscience movie, with an anti-racist sub-plot.’
David Robinson, The Times

Book tickets

Friday 22 July

9.00pmBook tickets
Monday 25 July

6.30pmBook tickets

What else is on?

Tomorrow (Sunday 3rd July)


The Ladykillers PG
1h 27m
Ealing comedy caper in which a group of oddball criminals move into a little old lady's boarding house to plot an elaborate heist. What could go wrong?

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Il Buco U
1h 33m | Italian w/ English subtitles
Michelangelo Frammartino returns with another work of mystical beauty somewhere between drama and documentary set in the mountains of Southern Italy.

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Between Two Worlds 12A
1h 47m | French w/ English subtitles
Juliet Binoche (Three Colours Blue, Cache) stars as an author going undercover as a cross-Channel ferry cleaner to research an upcoming book.

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Monday 4th July


Defending Your Life PG
1h 51m
Director Albert Brooks stars as an advertising executive who dies goes to purgatory where he must defend his actions on Earth in order to reach Heaven.

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All My Friends Hate Me 15
Deaf/HOH subtitles
1h 34m
A school reunion in the countryside turns sour in Andrew Gaynord’s superb black comedy exploring the modern horrors of social anxiety and paranoia.

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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!