The Ultimate Picture Palace

The Ultimate Picture Palace

The Ultimate Picture Palace
4.5
4:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Monday
6:30 PM - 11:00 PM
Tuesday
6:30 PM - 11:00 PM
Wednesday
6:30 PM - 11:00 PM
Thursday
4:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Friday
6:30 PM - 11:00 PM
Saturday
4:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Sunday
4:00 PM - 11:00 PM
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Independent cinema screening a diverse mix of mainstream, independent, foreign, classic and cult films
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Filmfan
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
I really wanted to enjoy my first experience at this cinema because I support community-run enterprises. Unfortunately, it was the most uncomfortable 2 hours I've ever spent in a cinema. I'm 6 ft tall but I still couldn't see the screen without heads in my view so I spent the whole time craning to the right and left as the woman in front changed positions. I'm also size 22, which is large but not very large and I wouldn't recommend this cinema for other plus-size people. It's a shame because the film was excellent but I won't be coming back.
Written February 25, 2024
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mizanur1266@live.co.uk
4 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Couples
We went see movies 21 april 2022 .the movie called Europa. The staff through bottle in the bin from far way make me feel awkward because she can through the bottle bit gently because the film was already on.no heating freezing cold. Coffee is cold from instant coffee machine was cold. And they let people in even after show already played after 15 minute. Very disappointing from staff
Written April 21, 2022
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aammiih16
Southampton, UK28 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Solo
I went on my own, I felt out of place as everyone else came as a group. I was asked by the staff to move a seat down in the middle of the film to accommodate late comers. Who does that??!! The seats are too close to each other, I could smell the breath of the person next to me - and it wasn't very pleasant. Also, as there are no elevations - it was just a one-level seating, you can see people's heads sticking out in front of you. I'm not normally moany but having experienced all the conveniences of today's cinema complexes, I just don't understand why people subject themselves to such an annoying experience. The ticket pricing is not significantly cheaper from normal cinema tickets anyway.
Written March 24, 2019
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Bartlemas
Oxford, UK2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Great films, mulled wine & mince pies in winter, completely unspoilt. Great little cinema - love it!
Written January 14, 2012
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Gig
Freshwater, UK134 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Couples
This is one of my favourite cinemas in the country. It's always warm and friendly, with sweet little bar and a few sensible rules that would happily comply to Messrs Kermode and Mayo's viewing recommendations. Comfy seats and a film list that tends towards the independent and foreign, but a good dollop of mainstream movies mixed in. Every visit to the UPP has been a joy, because you're sharing your film watching experience with like-minded viewers. I love the way that the cinema allows some it's original decor to shine through, whilst blending it with modern comforts and expectations. If you want to enjoy a film in genuine comfort with a touch of vintage in the air, I heartily recommend the very lovely, always to be treasured UPP. You can book it for private viewings too.
Written October 19, 2016
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BazanaMan
Maringa, PR3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2015 • Friends
Come for the greatest films ever, stay for the best film theatre service in Oxford bar none other.

I remember back in 2009-10 how lovely the manager was to spend a good 10 minutes after the last session looking for, torch-in-hand, my supposedly-dropped wallet. After giving up, I realised I'd left it in my car (do!) so I got back to thank him for the great help - and there he was standing up by the entrance, waiting for my confirmation before finally calling it a day. How great is that for customer service?

Also, on another occasion when they were showing Hitchcock's Notorious, I heard the manager-turned-ticket counter clerk shouting to the projectionist to wait a few minutes before getting started, as there were more patrons coming - making sure no one lost a single silver-screen sigh of Mr. Cary Grant and Ms Ingrid Bergman on the silver screen.
Written October 1, 2016
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Jasmine P
Oxford, England, United Kingdom23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2015 • Solo
Though I do not frequent this cinema massively, whenever I do it's a very fun experience. It's the only truly independent cinema left in Oxford and shows anything you can think of! Its regular programming includes foreign and arthouse films as well as your usual mainstream films. It's also conveniently programmed as it shows most of its films about two or three weeks after chain cinemas so it gives you a chance to catch something if you missed it the first time for whatever reasons.

What makes it truly wonderful is their special showings. The most recent visit was for Future Day - the day Marty McFly from Back to the Future travels to in BTTF 2. They ran a back to back (no pun intended) showing of the first two films and I for one can say it was an amazing experience. To watch the film on the big screen on the special day was really something. The organisers were very friendly and even took a photo of me for their instagram. There was even a brief talk in the break with a scientist who explained the plausibility of the film's predictions. It was a true celebration of the film.

I would definitely recommend a visit to this cinema. A great time is to be had in this lovely independent venue.
Written November 9, 2015
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Michael B
Oxford7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Couples
This experience of watching Love and Mercy was like having tea and cake at a fete my favourite thing to do, the other cinemas are not in the same class as the picture palace. Don't waste your time going anywhere else unless you want to come out smelling of corporate mould,you can tell woman run this place it's fresh crisp and comfortable and it smells of enjoyment.
Written August 10, 2015
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ericl446
Colorado Springs, CO72 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2015 • Solo
This place is a gem. A small theatre with limited showtimes, but being able to purchase a mulled wine, while settling into a deep chair to be transported into the story of the film was absolutely wonderful.
Written February 12, 2015
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C0nn01sseur
Oxford, UK688 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2015 • Couples
Fabulous small cinema with one screen seats about 100.
Wonderful Art Deco frontage.
Comfortable seats with lots of legroom.
Tends to attract a mature audience, although also popular with University students.
Shows films a few weeks after they have been released, mixture of recent releases and some classics, unlikely to show the latest superhero all action movie.
Benefits from a bar where you can obtain alcoholic drinks and snacks.
Staff always give you a warm friendly welcome.
No parking at the cinema, but I always manage to park in a nearby street.
Season tickets available offering reduced prices, online booking possible
Written February 5, 2015
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  • Thu - Thu 4:00 PM - 11:00 PM
  • Fri - Fri 6:30 PM - 11:00 PM
  • Sat - Sun 4:00 PM - 11:00 PM


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