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

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Today (Monday 17th June)


Army of Shadows 12A
2h 25m | French w/ English subtitles
A group of French resistance fighters battle against the Nazis in German-controlled Marseilles as well as suspicion amongst their own ranks in Jean-Pierre Melville's gripping wartime thriller.

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Slow 15
1h 48m | Lithuanian w/ English subtitles
A dancer and a sign language interpreter redefine what intimacy means for their relationship when one of them reveals that they are asexual in this award-winning Lithuanian drama.

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Tomorrow (Tuesday 18th June)


The Beast 15
2h 27m | French w/ English subtitles
As a woman (Léa Seydoux) undergoes a procedure to rid her DNA of all feelings, she crosses paths with a man from her past lives. An ambitious dystopian sci-fi from acclaimed French filmmaker Bertrand Bonello.

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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!