Christmas 2020

It's time for some Christmas films!

Ah 2020, what a year. We know that this year has been very difficult for so many of our lovely customers. This year the cinema world ground to a halt along with pretty much every part of the arts sector in the UK. Due to the limited content in the film world we have decided to bring back some classic films for you all to enjoy.

Below you will find everything we are showing over the month of December. From Christmassy, to not so Christmassy.

We will of course be continuing our tradition of a free screening of It's A Wonderful Life on Christmas Eve.

Stay safe and well this winter,

From the team at Oban Phoenix Cinema

Lost at Christmas
Showing from 4th December

It’s Christmas eve in the remote Scottish town of Fort William when life is turned upside down

for Jen and Rob. Suddenly finding themselves heartbroken, single, betrayed and stranded
during a snowstorm, the unlikely pair team up to try and reach home 100 miles away, in time
for Christmas. ‘Borrowing’ Jen’s ex-boyfriend’s classic car, the pair hit the road, but it’s not long
before the weather turns for the worse forcing them to continue on foot. Bickering and
bonding as they cross the snowy Moors of Glencoe they eventually arrive at a remote Inn and in
true Christmas style, there is only one room left. Jen and Rob reluctantly agree to room-share
as they come to the realisation they are stuck together for Christmas. The weary travellers
settle in, mingling with the other guests; who are all dead set on avoiding a traditional
Christmas. Christmas Day draws closer as do Jen and Rob as they comfort one another and it
isn’t long before romance blossoms

A Christmas Carol
Showing from 4th December

A Victorian family prepares a paper theatre for a performance of A Christmas Carol. The audience enters the imagination of one of the children and quickly, the cardboard stage transforms to reveal a magical world containing real dancers and stylised sets.

The classic tale unfolds in a rich tapestry of highly absorbing, theatrical drama featuring sumptuous visual effects inspired by the techniques of early cinema. In a daring twist of format, characters are portrayed by dancers and voiced by an eclectic cast of the world’s most recognisable actors.
The mix of danced action and spoken narration brings fresh dimension to Dickens’ characters and poetic language, whilst remaining true to the beauty of the author’s original narrative.

Saint Maud
Showing now until 6th December

Live-in nurse Maud (Morfydd Clark) arrives at the home of Amanda (Jennifer Ehle), a famous dancer now frail from illness and trapped in her grand, isolated house. At first, Amanda is intrigued by this religious young woman, who provides a distraction from her failing health. Maud, in turn, is bewitched by her new patient. But Maud is not all that she seems. She is tormented by a violent secret from her past and by ecstatic messages she believes are directly from God. She becomes convinced she has been sent to Amanda not simply as a nurse, but to serve a divine purpose. As her grip on reality slides out of control, Maud's care turns into a deadly mission to save Amanda’s soul, by any means necessary.

Small Country: An African Childhood - Petit Pays
Showing 4th & 8th December

Features in 11 Films Celebrating People of Colour & The French Film Festival

Tensions in neighbouring Rawanda threaten the peaceful existence of a Burundi boy and his friends and family.

English Subtitles

Harry Potter Marathon

Continuing our countdown to Christmas, we are showing HP: The Half Blood Prince and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 & 2. See the Harry Potter Marathon Page for full details. 

The Royal Ballet: The Nutcracker
10th December

Clara is given an enchanted Nutcracker doll on Christmas Eve. As midnight strikes, she creeps downstairs to find a magical adventure awaiting her and her Nutcracker.

The magician Drosselmeyer transforms the drawing-room for a battle between mice and toy soldiers. During the battle, Clara saves the Nutcracker's life - so breaking a magical spell that turned him from a boy to a toy - and the Mouse King is defeated. In celebration, Drosselmeyer sweeps Clara and the Nutcracker off to the Kingdom of Sweets, where they meet the Sugar Plum Fairy and take part in a wonderful display of dances. The next morning, Clara's adventures seem to have been more than just a dream.

Space Dogs: Return to Earth
Showing from 11th December

Space Dogs: Return to Earth is a fun family adventure following barking-brave dogstronaughts Belka and Strelka as they try to save the planet. Featuring superb animation, and a menagerie of furry friends including lions, rats, monkeys, a zebra, a pig, and an elephant. This third installment in the interstellar series is a space treat for the whole family.

The Sleeping Car Murders - Compartiment Tueurs
Showing 11th & 14th December

Six people travel by train overnight from Marseilles to Paris. When the train arrives at its destination, one of the passengers, a girl, is found dead in a sleeping berth. The police led by Inspector Grazzi investigate the other five passengers, suspecting that one of them was responsible. However, as the investigation is stepped up, the other passengers start turning up dead. It is then up to the last remaining two to solve the case, before they become the next victims.

Spotlight Musical Theatre Group Presents: Puss In Boots!
Showing 12th & 13th December

What’s more Christmassy than going to the panto!

We know it won’t be the same as being at the Corran Halls but Spotlight Musical Theatre Group are bringing a filmed version of their 2015 panto Puss in Boots by Ben Crocker to the Oban Phoenix Cinema on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th December.

Come Away
Showing from 18th December

Before Alice went to Wonderland, and before Peter became Pan, they were brother and sister. When their eldest brother dies in a tragic accident, they each seek to save their parents from their downward spirals of despair until finally they are forced to choose between home and imagination, setting the stage for their iconic journeys into Wonderland and Neverland.

National Lampoons Christmas Vacation
18th December

The Griswold family's plans for a big family Christmas predictably turn into a big disaster.

19th December

Will Ferrell stars as the ultimate fish out of water, Buddy, who as a baby crawls into Santa's toy bag and is whisked off to the North Pole, where he is raised as an elf.

A misfit who grows to be three times the size of his elf family, Buddy ultimately heads to his birthplace of New York City to seek out his roots. Unfortunately, they turn out to be a "Scrooge"-like father (James Caan) and a cynical eight-year-old stepbrother who doesn't believe in Santa. Worst of all, everyone seems to have forgotten the true meaning of Christmas. But using his simple elf ways, Buddy sets out to single-handedly win over his family and save Christmas in New York, hoping to at last find his true place in the world.

Gremlins (4K)
20th December

A boy inadvertently breaks three important rules concerning his new pet and unleashes a horde of malevolently mischievous monsters on a small town.

It's a Wonderful Life
24th December Christmas Eve Free Screening

Hollywood's best-loved star teams up with America's favourite director to create one of the world's most popular films. "It's A Wonderful Life" is the ultimate seasonal feel-good film. Starring the unforgettable James Stewart as George Bailey, the man who receives the greatest Christmas gift of all, and a superb ensemble cast including Donna Reed and Lionel Barrymore, this high-spirited Christmas tale is directed by the immortal Frank Capra and ranks as an all-time favourite of fans and critics alike.

Wonder Woman 1984
26th December

Fast forward to the 1980s as Wonder Woman’s next big screen adventure finds her facing an all-new foe: The Cheetah.

La Traviata - Live from Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona
28th December

Verdi’s La traviata is famous for its complex and sympathetic portrayal of tragic heroine Violetta, a Parisian courtesan who recounts her life through a series of memories on her deathbed. It is a celebration of life itself but in a society obsessed with class, qualities such as generosity, compassion and self-sacrifice are frowned upon. As a product of this society, Alfredo, the passionate, spellbound lover is torn between his love for Violetta and conformity to stifling social mores.

Despite its period setting, David McVicar's enduring production of La traviata invites a new reading of the plot, exploring the psychology and innermost feelings of the characters in intimate moments. These scenes are contrasted with decadent turn-of-the-century set pieces in Verdi’s tragedy of a noble love sacrificed on the altar of bourgeois morality.