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 was built. Fortunately there was such support for the Phoenix Theatre that it remained functional and worked along-side 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.
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