About Us & F.A.Q.

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Our Story


A small town on the beautiful West Coast of Scotland, Oban has been lucky in years gone by to have two cinemas! The turn of the 21st century found Oban with just one, which had served the town well on its own for many decades. However, in 2010 it sadly closed its doors for the last time, and the people of Oban were suddenly confronted with having to drive for 100 miles to reach the nearest cinema!

A small group of dedicated local individuals worked hard to remedy this situation, and community support was huge. The idea arose to collectively buy the old cinema building, which, with the help of generous donations from local and interested parties, was managed, and work began to raise funds to get the cinema open as a community enterprise.

In August 2012 Oban Phoenix Cinema opened its doors as an independent community-owned cinema, one of very few in the world! Since then we have not only managed to stay open but to thrive, and today we screen an eclectic mix of film including but not limited to arthouse, big blockbuster movies and live streamed theatre.

We have two screens - screen one is the main one and seats 148 people, screen two seats a cosy 22 people (this can also be hired out for private functions and parties!).

A registered charity, we are owned and run by the community, for the community. We receive little or no outside funding, so greatly appreciate any donations from the public. Currently we are fundraising to improve the look of the outside signage, smarten up the toilets, and fix the roof (which is quite old and in need of repair!).

Thank you for your continued support - we literally couldn’t do it without you!



Clubs

On Saturday mornings we have 'Kids Club', which is usually a film rated U/PG/12A that is about to expire from our library, or a classic Children's movie (requests welcome!). Tickets are just £3.00 each.

On Sunday afternoons we have 'Silver Screen', which is exactly the same as 'Kids Club', however films can vary from U/PG/12A/15/18 ratings. Tickets are just £3.00
Please check ahead and also know the laws the BBFC have given cinemas in the UK.

Private Hires

We can host many different events, from birthday parties to conferences. In screen 1 we have a capacity of 148 seated. Screen 1 also has a stage for performances and presentations. If you have any specific lighting or audio requirements please let us know.

Screen 2 is usually where we have our birthday parties. We can show a film that is on our library, or a DVD of your choice. This screen can seat up to 22.
If you have any questions please email us: cinema@obanphoenix.com


Frequently Asked Questions

How do I pay by card online? I don't have/want a PayPal account.

Depending on the device you are using, once you get to the PayPal page there will be two options.

Login with PalPal or Pay By Card. On other devices it will show up with Login with PayPal, or Create an Account. It is a bit misleading, however when you click next you need to select the United Kingdom then once you have entered your details, at the bottom of the page it will show you the following options. - Create an Account. - No, I don't want an account. - From there it will go through as a 'Guest' so you won't need to make an account.

I can't see what's on past Thursday!

Don't panic! We're not closed! We are only closed two days per year.

Our cinema week runs Friday to Thursday. We usually put the following weeks programme online the Monday before so we are not tied to a monthly schedule. 

Do I need to bring 3D glasses?

Don't worry we'll provide these, and it will be included in your ticket price. We have fantastic Dolby 3D projection with 7.1 surround sound. 

Can I take my child to see a film rated 15 or 18 as long as I accompany them?

No child under the age of the listed film rating may see the film, even if accompanied by an adult. 
All cinemas in the UK follow and enforce the film classification laws the BBFC (British Board of Film Classification) have set. 

Valid ID must be provided if asked. If you look under the age of the stated film then you may be asked for proof of age. This can be: YOUNG SCOT CARD, PROVISIONAL DRIVING LICENCE, FULL DRIVING LICENCE, PASSPORT. Any other form of identification with the PASS mark.

Please visit: www.bbfc.co.uk for more information.

I've booked the wrong show/can't make it to the show

If you can't make a show, we do ask that you call or visit us the day before. We can also swap your tickets to another show that day/week. Things can happen very suddenly so we do make exceptions. We cannot refund booking fees unless we are unable to show the film in question.

Is there wheelchair access?

We have a removable ramp for wheelchair users. We also have seats that are removable in Screen 1 to accommodate a wheelchair. Screen 2 is not equipped for this service. However this is in the pipeline for the development of the cinema. Please call us or email us at 01631 562905 or cinema@obanphoenix.com to let us know you're coming.

Audio Described & Subtitled screenings?

All screenings in Screen 1 have Audio Description available. Ask at the Box Office for a pair of headphones. 
This service is currently not available in Screen 2, but we hope to have this in the small screen in the future.

Subtitled shows are becoming a weekly occurrence at Oban Phoenix. We want the cinema to be as accessible to as many people in our community as possible. Check online for the 'HOH' (Hard of Hearing) label next to a film time. 

What is a 'Concession'?

A concession can be any of the following:
Old age pensioner
Over 60 years of age
University/College Student
High School Student 15 or older
Disability and/or CEA Cardholder. Visit here to find out if you are eligible for a CEA card. 

"Should I book ahead?"
The answer is always YES. No matter if it's in screen 1 or 2, you should always book ahead. We do often have busy shows that are very unpredictable; this is why it is highly recommended that you book whether you're just down the street, or coming from Fort William, or further.  

Contact Us

We are located at: 140 George Street, PA34 5NX.

Phone 01631 562 905
Email cinema@obanphoenix.com

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Parking

Currently there is no parking allocated for the cinema. We recommend that you use the paid parking car parks near the Corran Halls, which is about a 5 minute walk from Oban Phoenix Cinema, if all other street parking is taken. 


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