Phoenix Arts Centre

Phoenix Arts Centre

Infobox Venue
name = Phoenix Theatre (1963 - 1987)
Phoenix Arts Centre (1988 - 2008,09,10,?)

image_caption =
nickname = PAC
location = Leicester,
type = Theatre/Cinema/Arts
genre =
broke_ground = 1962
built =
opened = 1963
renovated = 1988
expanded = 1988
closed = 2008-9-10-?
demolished = 2008-9-10-?
owner =
former_names = Phoenix Theatre
(1963 - 1987)
seating_type =
seating_capacity = 266
website = []
The Phoenix Arts Centre is a theatre in the city centre of Leicester, England. The centre hosts live shows and films of the arthouse and world cinema genres.


In the 1963 Leicester City Council (LCC) decided there was a gap in cultural provisions. As a solution they built the Phoenix Theatre, a 262-seat theatre in the heart of Leicester, responsible for showing live performances. This was intended to be a temporary solution until a more permanent Theatre could be established.

In 1973 a permanent theatre called the Haymarket Theatre (Leicester) was built. Fortunately there was such support for the Phoenix Theatre that it remained functional and worked alongside the Haymarket until 1987. At this time financial issues forced LCC to reconsider the position of the Phoenix Theatre and the decision for closure was taken.

However, in 1988, with support from Leicester Polytechnic (now De Montfort University) and LCC, the theatre was rejuvenated and re-named ‘Phoenix Arts Centre’ (P.A.C). P.A.C changed roles and stopped being a producing theatre, becoming a venue for contemporary art, film and live performances.


Past/Production/Events Shows

*Captain Christmas and the Evil Adults (1982), Written by Sue Townsend
*The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13¾, Premier in 1984, Written by Sue Townsend
*The Joe Orton Project, (2007)


External links

* [ Phoenix Arts Centre official site]
* [ FarOut Film Festival - MySpace Site]
* [ FarOut film festival official site (Last Updated 2006)]
* [ Zombie Film Fest - Day of the Undead 2007]
* [ Zombie Film Fest - Day of the Undead 2008]
* [ CAN Film Festival]

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