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Address: Jeune Street | Cowley Road, Oxford OX4 1BN, England
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+44 1865 245288
16:00 - 23:00
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Mon - Wed 18:30 - 23:00
Thu 16:00 - 23:00
Fri 18:30 - 23:00
Sat - Sun 16:00 - 23:00

Independent cinema screening a diverse mix of mainstream, independent,...

Independent cinema screening a diverse mix of mainstream, independent, foreign, classic and cult films

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Cinema Paradiso

Brilliant small cinema showing a mix of art house and mainstream films. Cosy vibe inside with a small bar at the back serving wine, coffee and cake. Audience usually middle-aged... read more

Reviewed 22 March 2017
London, England
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London, England
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34 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 March 2017

Brilliant small cinema showing a mix of art house and mainstream films. Cosy vibe inside with a small bar at the back serving wine, coffee and cake. Audience usually middle-aged intellectual types and students. Friendly staff and a warm atmosphere. Now the only truly independent cinema in Oxford. A lovely evening out that's a world away from soulless multiplex screens.

Thank Andalapanda
Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

Went to see the much acclaimed Lala Land at UPP. The film was nothing to write home about but......the cinema was a dream. We got the last two tickets for the showing. Despite having to sit on a dining chair ( comfy cushion provided ) to make room for us, it was the most wonderful movie experience. An intimate venue... More 

Thank Louise P
Worcestershire, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2017

Chose to go and see a film during a weekend in Oxford. Searched Google for cinema's and came across this little gem. It had good reviews and was showing La La Land on the Saturday afternoon so we decided to go. We got there half and hour before the screening and we're glad we did because it didn't take long... More 

Thank teaser2268
Oxford, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 January 2017

I'm finding it increasingly difficult to support this small cinema as on a number of occasions I've found the way that the manager talks to the staff who are clearly marked as volunteers, rude and aggressive. Exchanging surprised/shocked glances with other audience members whilst overhearing these exchanges leaves a bad taste in my mouth and does not make me want... More 

Thank whirlwindheat
Thatcham, United Kingdom
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477 reviews
165 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 165 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 January 2017

This cinema is a step back in time. The ticket window is just outside the cinema hall and once you have picked up your ticket you go straight in to the retro cinema hall with seems to be untouched since the 1920s. There is a small bar inside the theatre and it seems ok to bring your drinks to the... More 

Thank GlobetrottingViking
Oxford, United Kingdom
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660 reviews
122 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 175 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

Regularly visit here . Whilst the films may not always be the very latest eventually they all are shown here . It's a friendly place with helpful staff . Also great to be able to have a glass of wine as well .

Thank coughandcath
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19 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 19 October 2016

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... More 

1 Thank Gina S
Maringa, PR
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 October 2016

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... More 

1 Thank BazanaMan
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25 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 April 2016 via mobile

Been here a few times now and always impressed by how respectful the audience members tend to be of those around them. Even when packed out, once the film starts you're rarely if ever distracted by fellow customers eating or talking. Perhaps this is why they don't sell popcorn - too noisy to eat?!

Thank Gracie_Feels
Oxford, United Kingdom
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621 reviews
232 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 240 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 January 2016

Any cinema with a bar in the auditorium and that does not allow people to eat popcorn has got to be worth a visit. Lovely old-fashioned feel to it, an interesting selection of films, and definitely worth supporting against the boring multiplexes.

Thank BrushM

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