Ultimate Picture Palace
The Ultimate Picture Palace is Oxford’s oldest and only independent cinema. The cinema is privately owned and owner managed. They show a mix of recent releases from around the world, classic seasons and a programme of exciting one-off events. The beautiful art-deco auditorium has 105 seats and the small bar at the back serves drinks and snacks for you to take to your seats before the start of the film.
Opened in 1911 as The Oxford Picture Palace, it was immensely popular in the heyday of silent cinema at a time when “Talkies” were still more than a decade away. When owner Frank Stuart was drafted into the army in 1917, “The Picture Palace” closed, eventually becoming a furniture warehouse. It wasn’t until the 1970’s that journalist and broadcaster Bill Heine came to the rescue with associate Pablo Butcher. They completely refurbished the cinema and re-opened it as The Penultimate Picture Palace, gaining a reputation for an eclectic and provocative range of films that set the cinema apart from the mainstream theatres of the time. Subsequent owners have maintained this much loved Oxford icon as an independent picture house with a heart. Its location on Cowley Road, where there are more bars and restaurants than anywhere else in the city, makes for dinner and a movie with a difference.
Address: Cowley Rd, Oxford OX4 1BN
Go to the UPP website to plan your visit.
Chipping Norton Theatre
The building that now houses the main part of The Theatre dates from 1888, when it was used as a Salvation Army Citadel.
In 1968 John and Tamara Malcolm, two Royal Shakespeare Company actors, moved to Chipping Norton. They discovered the now deserted citadel and recognised its potential. The building was designed and constructed by the engineers who built the Victorian Music Halls and, although small, was perfect in proportion and acoustics.
Address: Spring Street, Chippington Norton, OX7 5NL
Go to the Chipping Norton Theatre website to plan your visit.
Cornerstone Arts Centre
Cornerstone has a fantastic array of facilities for you to enjoy an auditorium for theatre, shows, gigs and performances, a visual art gallery, a welcoming cafe, bar and restaurant, a dance studio, an visual arts gallery and various multi-purpose spaces for meetings and workshops.
Address: 25 Station Road, Didcot, OX11 7NE
Visit the Conerstone Arts Centre website to plan your visit.
We want to share stories with you! Amazing, inspiring, memorable stories which change the way we look at the world.
We love folk tales, fairytales, classics and, of course, Shakespeare. You don’t need a theatre building to make great theatre. The magic happens all over Oxford. We seek out places that have never been used for theatre before, and bring them to life.
Address: 3rd Floor, Cherwell House, 1-5 London Place, Oxford, OX4 1BD
Visit the Creation Theatre website to plan your visit.
The Kenton Theatre is the fourth-oldest working theatre in the country.
It is a Regency gem, set in the heart of Henley-on-Thames, with a warm, friendly and cosy intimacy that makes you want to come back. Our policy is to provide a varied programme to suit all tastes, featuring professional touring companies as well as local amateur societies and dance groups.
Address: New Street, Henley-on-Thames, RG9 2BP
Go to the Kenton Theatre website to plan your visit.
Mill Arts Centre – Banbury
Take a break from the hustle and bustle at The Mill!
Enjoy a cup of Cotswold coffee while viewing the latest exhibition. Unwind in the Millstream Bar while sipping one of our guest Hooky Ales. Freshly made lunches and cakes are served daily.
At the Mill you can enjoy live Music, theatre, dance and comedy or take part in the classes and workshops that are run.
Address: Spiceball Park Road, Banbury, OX16 5QE
Go to the Mill Arts Centre website to plan you visit.
New Theatre – Oxford
There has been a theatre on the corner of George Street for almost 170 years.
The first theatre built in 1836 was known commonly as the ‘Vic’, and later as the ‘Theatre Royale’ after the company that played there. Forbidden to perform plays during the University terms, the lessee of the theatre resorted to presenting ‘concerts’ or music hall entertainments and by 1880 the theatre had become quite run down…
Address: George Street, Oxford, OX1 2AG
Go to the New Theatre website to plan your visit.
North Wall Arts Centre
The North Wall has been created for the benefit of the local community.
This brand new complex, built and maintained to the highest standards, offers a wide range of opportunities through its stimulating and varied programme of theatre and music events, and art exhibitions.
Address: South Parade, Oxford, OX2 7JN
Go to the North Wall website to plan your visit.
Oxford Playhouse and its Burton Taylor Studio present and produce a wide range of live performance.
The programme includes the best of British and international drama, family shows, contemporary dance and music, student and amateur shows, comedy, lectures and poetry. Oxford Playhouse is 71 years old, having been built as a repertory theatre in 1938; the last new theatre to be constructed before the war.
Address: 11-12 Beaumont Street, Oxford, OX1 2LW
Go to the Oxford Playhouse website to plan your visit.
Pegasus is an arts centre that specialises in youth arts, new performance work and supporting emerging artists and companies.
They are based just outside the centre of Oxford City in a state of the art premises that boasts the Pullman Stage (a flexible format studio performance space) dance studio, meeting rooms, cafe and other spaces.
Address: Magdalen Road, Oxford, OX4 1RE
Go to the Pegasus website to plan your visit.
The Sheldonian Theatre was Sir Christopher Wren’s first major design and was erected in 1664-9.
In 1994 it was described by the European Commision as “one of the architectural jewels of Oxford”. The Theatre is the principle assembly room of the University of Oxford, as well as a regular meeting place of Congregation, the body of resident Master’s of Arts which controls the University’s affairs.
Address: Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3AZ
Go to the Sheldonian Theatre website to plan your visit.
The Corn Exchange – Wallingford
The Corn Exchange itself is a grade II listed building acquired in 1975 by the Sinodun Players and refitted as a cinema and theatre solely through volunteers.
Opened in 1978 by Sir Peter Hall the building now provides an excellent venue for both theatre and cinema productions with digital projection and Dolby DIGITAL Surround Sound. There is an uninterrupted view of stage and screen from everywhere in the 176 seat auditorium. The Corn Exchange has recently refurbished the front of house and provides disabled facilities, a new bar and box office and foyer area in addition to the Curtis Room which provides tea and coffee.
Address: Corn Exchange, Market Place, Wallingford, OX10 0EG
Go to the Corn Exchange Theatre website to plan your visit.
The Players Theatre
The Players Theatre is the home of Thame Players Theatre Company.
The Players Theatre is the home of Thame Players Theatre Company. Since the Â£250,000 refurbishment in 2002, the 120 seat theatre has become a vibrant venue for a wide variety of performing arts, with music from Opera to Jazz and plays from Shakespeare to Pantomime. We are also the venue for Thame’s only regular cinema
Address: Nelson Street, Thame, Oxfordshire, OX9 2DP
Go to the Thame Players Theatre website to plan you visit.
In 1952 Alan Kitching and his wife were walking through the ruins of the Abingdon Abbey Buildings.
It occured to him that the space in what is called ‘The Checker Hall’ would make a brilliant little theatre. The Unicorn Theatre, as part of the Abingdon Abbey Buildings, is owned and run by The Friends of Abingdon. It is a wonderfully atmospheric and intimate space, which is used for drama and music performances, lectures and other events.
Address: The Friends of Abingdon Civic Society, 18 Thames Street, Abingdon, OX14 3HZ
Go to the Unicorn Theatre website to plan your visit.
The Regent Cinema, Faringdon
A Community Cinema was launched in the Corn Exchange on 8th November 2012 by Faringdon Town Council
Address: The Corn Exchange, Corn Market, Faringdon, SN7 7JA
Go to the Regent Cinema website to plan your visit.