Leicester’s independent cinema The Phoenix is coming back!

By Catarina Quintas

Leicester’s number one independent cinema The Phoenix is getting ready for its grand reopening after major renovations at the beginning of January.

The Phoenix, in Midland Street, Leicester, has announced it will be reopening its improved bar and box office area in January.

It has been working on what it calls the Phoenix 2020 Project to construct and expand its space and turn a two-screen cinema into a four-screen venue. The cinema will be complete with a new rooftop terrace and a new art gallery.

The renovations have led to the cinema being completely closed for two months, although the upstairs area is still open and available for clients. In October, while renovation work continued, the cinema returned to working and screening films.

“We wanted to offer our clients a bit more,” said John Attfield, who works at The Phoenix.

It operates not only an independent cinema, but also offers in-person and online courses on many different aspects of cinema, such as The Art of Screenwriting and The Works of David Lynch.

The cinema will reopen Mondays to Fridays from midday to 11pm and during the weekends from 11am to 11pm, with ticket prices ranging from £5 to £15, depending on the type of ticket.

“We regularly organise events and festivals so we’re glad we can finally get back to all that in January,” Mr Attfield added.

The Phoenix has taken donations from over 300 sponsors to complete the renovation and is now seeking more sponsors for this last stretch of the project.

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