Oban Phoenix Cinema

(Highland Theatre)

Oban Phoenix Cinema is situated at 140 George Street in the town centre and represent one of very few cinemas still showing films in Argyll & Bute. This unimposing cinema was built as the Highland Theatre in the 1950s on the site of the former Phoenix Cinema which had been destroyed by fire. Following the bankruptcy of the owners in 2010, the Highland Theatre closed leaving the town without a cinema. A group of local people came together and, following a successful fundraising campaign, bought the building the following year. Much work followed to bring the cinema up to modern standards and the refurbished cinema re-opened in 2012.

The cinema has two screens; the larger auditorium offers 3D projection facilities and can seat an audience of 148, while the intimate second screen has a capacity of just 22. Before modernisation the Highland Theatre also had two screens, with larger capacities of 251 and 52 respectively.

In addition to films, the Oban Phoenix streams live performances from the likes of the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre. The community-owned venue is also available for events and conferences, yet press reports have indicated ongoing financial difficulties.

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