The King of ComedyPG

Directed by Martin Scorsese | USA | 1983 | 1h 49m | Starring Robert De Niro, Jerry Lewis, Diahnne Abbott, Sandra Bernhard, Ed Herlihy

A thirty-four-year-old aspiring comic still living at home, Rupert Pupkin studies obsessively to be a talk show guest, despite having no discernible talent other than a desperate need for attention. When he finally meets his talk show host idol, he spots an opportunity for him to reach his dream of stardom. Both grounded and elevated by one of Robert De Niro’s finest performances, Scorsese’s dark comedy is an unnerving satire of dead-end celebrity culture and the American late-night comedy circuit.


‘This film about the cult of celebrity in America strikes me as a uniquely intelligent ironic masterpiece – though, witty as it is, it isn’t a comedy, despite what the title and the casting of Jerry Lewis might lead you to expect.’
Philip Horne, The Telegraph

‘It’s very funny, and it ends on a high note that was, for me, both a total surprise and completely satisfying. Yet it’s also bristly, sometimes manic to the edge of lunacy and, along the way, terrifying.’
Vincent Canby, The New York Times

Book tickets

Monday 24 April

6.15pmBook tickets
Wednesday 26 April

8.30pmBook tickets

What else is on?

Today (Sunday 2nd April)


Marcel the Shell with Shoes On PG
1h 30m
An offbeat and wholeheartedly moving animated tale about a one-inch-tall walking-talking sea shell who becomes a global superstar. Nominated for Best Animated Feature at this year’s Oscars and BAFTAs.

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1976 15
1h 36m | Spanish w/ English subtitles
Tense and atmospheric drama about a middle-class woman who is drawn into helping a political dissident during the dictatorial reign of General Pinochet. Winner of Best Debut Film at London Film Festival.

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Rye Lane 15
1h 22m
A day in the life of two young Londoners who connect while trying to get over their recent romantic heartbreaks. Raine Allen Miller’s debut is an upbeat romcom bursting with visual vibrancy and infectious charm.

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Tomorrow (Monday 3rd April)


After Hours 15
1h 37m
Martin Scorsese's frantic screwball comedy following an uptight office worker's nightmarish late-night odyssey on the streets of New York as he tries to get home with no money.

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The Middle Man 15
1h 35m
Darkly humorous satirical drama following the life of a newly employed “Middle Man”, hired by a small-town community to be the bearer of bad news after a sudden outbreak of accidents and deaths.

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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!