Ultimate Picture Palace

53 Jeune Street,
Oxford, OX4 1BN

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sisu on December 21, 2013 at 10:05 am

projection room accessed via ladder just by paybox outside

Gooper on June 20, 2011 at 5:38 pm

I saw many a picture at the PPP in the early 80s, including ALL of Bertolucci’s ‘1900’. They issued handy discount cards to we poor students. It was always cheaper than the Phoenix across town.

(I wonder what happened to the Jolson/Jazz Singer 3-D sign/sculpture?)

highgater on February 21, 2011 at 9:50 am

Current number of seats at the Ultimate Picture Palace, Jeune Street, off Cowley Road, Oxford: 121.

(via email from the cinema)

picturepalace on May 19, 2010 at 7:27 am

The Penultimate Picture Palace / Ultimate Picture Palace is 100 years old in 2011.

To mark the centenery we are making a documentary film about this historic oxford landmark.

If you have memories or stories about the cinema we’d love to hear from you.

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Ian on December 26, 2007 at 3:48 am

A few vintage shots of the Penultimate dating from 1986 here:–

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pdrg on November 26, 2007 at 3:37 pm

The UPP is a true gem, run and owned as a labour of love by a man who used to go to the PPP as a child and fell in love with it, only to get a chance to buy it later in life. The programming is very very mixed – if you want to see it, and if the owner thinks others will, he’ll get the print in for a few days run! Forget modern conveniences and concession bars, this is old-style cinemagoing and a must for cinephiles visiting Oxford (it’s a 10-minute walk South from Magdalen College – over the roundabout (take the middle fork ‘Cowley Road’), on your left.

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Ken Roe on May 15, 2007 at 1:21 am

Anther recent view which also shows the side of the building:

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Ken Roe on March 31, 2007 at 2:06 pm

The Picture Palace opened on 25th February 1911. It was designed by local architect John R. Wilkins. It operated until the early 1920’s when it was closed and became a furniture store, retaining the original ‘Picture Palace’ sign on the front of building until around 1950.

It re-opened as the Penultimate Picture Palace on 18th July 1976. Oxford artist John Trigg designed the exterior name on the facade from a 1896 French poster. Above the name board was the cinema’s motive; a giant cut-out of Al Jolson with hands outstretched as seen in the first talkie “The Jazz Singer” (the fibre glass hands were designed by scupture John Buckley who also designed the new door handles shaped as Mae West’s lips!. The original 1911 pay box was retained. Seating capacity was given as 192. It now operates as an Art House cinema.