Remembering Phoenix Cinema

Remembering Phoenix Cinema

Earlier this month, the Phoenix Picturehouse celebrated its 100th birthday with the launch of a new book that chronicles the life and times of the two-screen cinema at the heart of Jericho, Oxford.

The book, titled ‘The Phoenix Picturehouse: 100 Years of Oxford Cinema Memories’, was written by Dr. Daniela Treveri Gennari, Reader in Film Studies at Brookes’ School of Arts, with former film student Hiu M. Chan and current Picturehouse programmer Deborah Allison.

The Phoenix in Jericho is one of the few independent British cinemas that have remained active for the past 100 years since large, multiplex cinemas like Cineworld rose to fame and stamped out so many other smaller cinemas of the past. It is currently run by the successful national chain of Picturehouse cinemas, which provide a more intimate movie going experience than that of the mainstream multiplexes.

Through ‘The Phoenix Picturehouse: 100 Years of Oxford Cinema Memories’ Daniela Treveri Gennari attempts to establish why exactly the cinema is one of the few in the country to have been continually active for so long. The book charts the history of Oxford’s oldest continuously operating cinema through the eyes of Oxford residents, former and current Phoenix employees and lovers of cinema dating back to the days of silent movies.

As the Phoenix celebrates its 100th birthday, the book presents an eye-opening account of a popular community institution whose changes in the past illustrate a century of British cinema and film history. The book features a wonderful collection of images and archive material, many of which have never appeared in print until now. Daniela Treveri Gennari provides a fond look back at the changing tastes of British cinemagoers as the Phoenix prepares to move forward.

‘The Phoenix Picturehouse: 100 Years of Oxford Cinema Memories’ can be purchased from the Phoenix Picturehouse kiosk in Jericho, Oxford, or from local and national booksellers.