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. Currently we are fundraising for a three-phase refurbishment. Phase 1 – a new made-to-measure sweets/drinks/popcorn counter – has now been completed and installed, looking great in our main foyer area! The next step is to upgrade the office and Box Office space near the Front Entrance.
Thank you for your continued support – we literally couldn’t do it without you!