Phoenix Picturehouse

57 Walton Street,
Oxford, OX2 6AE

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Phoenix Picturehouse

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Opened as the North Oxford Kinema on 15th March 1913 with a seating capacity of 498 on one floor. It was commissioned by R.H.J. Bartlett and a Mr. Green who employed local architect Gilbert T. Gardner to design the building. There was an outer foyer which contained a sweet shop and soda fountain and an inner lounge vestibule used for waiting in. The
auditorium had a curved ceiling, the walls had wooden panelling at seating level and decorative plaster panels higher up. The screen was set between two decorated pillars.

It was re-named Scala Cinema in 1920 when the Gloucester based Poole’s Company took over. In 1925 it was taken over by Ben Jay and re-named New Scala Cinema for a while. The next owner was J.E. Poynts who operated it from June 1930 until it was sold to Star Cinemas chain in 1970.

Star Cinemas converted the building into a twin cinema known as Studio 1-2 with seating for 220 and 105. On 17th July 1977 it was re-named Phoenix 1-2 and is now known as the Phoenix Picture House operated by City Screen and Picture House Cinemas.

Contributed by Lost Memory, Ken Roe

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 24, 2006 at 3:18 am

That is an incredibly, well written description for this theater. I understand that the new description was written with the best of intentions, but at the same time, it’s like your telling me “your description was so bad that we had to write a new one”. I will admit that most of my descriptions are not very good, but I’m not here to write a best selling novel. My goal is or was to bring as many theater’s as I could find and add them to this site. Much of the information in the above description could have been posted as a comment the same way it is done with other theater’s listed here. Now that I am aware of the policy, I will leave the “foreign” theater’s for other people to submit. Since I did not write the above description, I do not want any credit for it. I would appreciate my name being removed from this theater.

BTW….In the photo that I found, the name of this theater is written as “Phoenix Picture house” on the front of the building. Three words, with a small “h” for house.

Ian on March 27, 2007 at 4:30 am

The Phoenix was equipped for digital screenings in January 2007.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 1, 2008 at 12:18 pm

This is a photo of the Phoenix Picture house.

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