Phoenix Blog

News, views and some articles from our friends - all about Phoenix and the film and art we're involved in

Kate Chadwick appointed new CEO of Phoenix

15 Mar 2024

Phoenix is delighted to announce the appointment of Kate Chadwick as CEO, assuming the role from John Rance who retires in April after over 13 years at the charity.

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Phoenix Chief Executive, John Rance, announces retirement

17 Nov 2023

Phoenix CEO John Rance has announced his plan to retire from his position in spring 2024, having joined the charity in 2010 following its relocation to Leicester's Cultural Quarter.

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Changes to seating arrangements

26 Jan 2023

With flexible programming now operating across all four of our screens, we have returned to unallocated seating for our regular film screenings.

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Phoenix awarded £246k NPO funding by Arts Council England

4 Nov 2022

Leicester’s Phoenix Cinema and Art Centre has been awarded £246k funding over the next 3 years by Arts Council England (ACE).

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Eric Fong - Thanatos

A perfume that smells of death

9 Jan 2020

A new art installation premieres at Phoenix from 10 Jan – 23 Feb, featuring Thanatos - a perfume that evokes the scent of a decomposing body discovered in a woodland.

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Phoenix awarded £4 million towards expansion plan by Arts Council England

3 Apr 2019

We're delighted to have received confirmation that Arts Council England will invest £4 million of National Lottery money towards Phoenix 2020.

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Phoenix gives families a thrilling VR ride – on a swing…

22 Jan 2019

Over half term, Phoenix is giving families the chance to put on virtual reality headsets, jump on a playground swing, and be transported into a thrilling virtual adventure.

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Action homeless charity screening at Phoenix

Phoenix exchanges cinema tickets for donations to help the homeless at Christmas

27 Nov 2018

We're giving away tickets to a charity screening of It’s a Wonderful Life on Fri 7th Dec in return for donations to Action Homeless’ Winter Appeal.

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Phoenix brings Virtual Reality movies to the masses

16 Nov 2018

Phoenix is to become one of the first UK cinemas to screen Virtual Reality (VR) films as part of it regular cinema programme.

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Phoenix 2020 designs revealed

29 Oct 2018

We reveal the architectural plans for our two storey 1,200 square metre extension - with green roof terrace + room for 2 new cinemas, an art gallery and more!

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Phoenix expansion boosted by £1 million support from Leicester City Council

24 Oct 2018

Phoenix delighted to receive news Leicester city council has committed £1 million towards Phoenix 2020 expansion project.

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Knighthood for Phoenix chair in 2018 New Year Honours

1 Jan 2018

Phoenix is delighted to congratulate its chairman Alan Tuckett who has been recognised with a Knighthood in the New Year Honours for his services to developing lifelong adult learning.

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Phoenix Access Cinema Appeal

22 Dec 2017

Help us raise the £2,000 we need to buy 26 new amplified headsets – to help more people with sight and hearing loss enjoy films at Phoenix.

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£7 million expansion plans for Leicester’s Phoenix cinema

20 Dec 2017

Phoenix has announced ambitious plans to expand its current venue and become a four screen independent cinema by the year 2020.

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