Leicester’s Phoenix in £7 million expansion
Leicester's Phoenix Cinema and Arts Centre has been given the go ahead for a £7m expansion.
The cinema, which was originally set up as a theatre in 1963, will see the addition of two further cinema screens, an art gallery, and new spaces for education and learning.
It will also feature an expanded café and bar and a green roof terrace.
Arts Council England has promised £4 million towards the scheme and a further £1m from Leicester City Council is forthcoming. The Phoenix trust is currently working to secure the remaining funding.
“Receiving planning permission is a vital step towards us achieving our ambitious plans to expand Phoenix, and give more local people the opportunity to enjoy great film and art,” said John Rance, CEO of Phoenix.
Deputy city mayor for culture, Coun Piara Singh-Clair, said, "Phoenix already generates around £2.6 million spending by visitors into Leicester’s economy, which creates jobs and business for local suppliers in the city and county. This expansion will help to attract more visitors to the area and to the city and will boost Leicester’s reputation as a centre for the arts and creative industries."