The Phoenix is one of the UK’s oldest purpose-built, continuously operating cinemas. Beneath the vaulted ceiling which dates back to 1910, the history of film has been shared with millions of audience members. From silent films with live music through two world wars when newsreels were the only source of moving images that captured events overseas; from the clicking reels of 24 frames a second to the digital projection of today, the Phoenix has witnessed it all.
Saved from the wrecker’s ball by the formation of the Phoenix Cinema Trust in 1985 and run for the community ever since, it is a wholly independent, single-screen cinema showing the latest independent and foreign films and reinvesting its profits in education work and maintaining this historic building. To find out more, take a look at this film celebrating the Phoenix’s centenary in 2010: