We know there are plenty of things to keep you occupied in your first year at University.
But for those occasions when you want a chilled Sunday afternoon, or when you fancy something a bit more cultural to do on Saturday – or any other day for that matter – there’s cinema.
Leicester is pretty well catered for when it comes to movies. There’s Showcase’s Cinema De Lux in Highcross shopping centre, Odeon’s multiplex at Freemen’s Common, and Vue, at Leicester’s Meridien Leisure Park.
And then there is Phoenix, the city’s independent cinema and art centre.
We’re situated in the Cultural Quarter, just round the corner from the Curve Theatre, not far from the railway station. We have our own Café Bar doing breakfast, burgers and daily specials, with several vegetarian or vegan options.
As for the films themselves, you get to enjoy them in modern cinemas, with the added bonus that you can take a drink – alcoholic or otherwise – into the auditorium to enjoy with your film.
Our programme includes the latest blockbusters and general releases and the best in arthouse and international movies – films you won’t see anywhere else in the city.
This month for instance we’ve screened David Brent: Life on the Road, Woody Allen’s Cafe Society, Nick Cave’s One More With Feeling album launch, and Julieta from legendary Spanish director Pedro Almodovar.
In October some of our new films will include I, Daniel Blake, The Girl on the Train, Star Trek Beyond, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and American Honey.
And as a student you get in for £6 any time of the week.
There are fun film-related courses too, including Halloween Screams, a one day course about the history of horror, Hollywood and Politics and More Acting for Film.
There’s also a strong art programme in our Cube Gallery, where we feature contemporary artists working with digital technology.
Another fun thing is the Mystery Film, a monthly event where you pay £3. Nobody in the audience knows what we are screening until the film begins – which creates a unique air of anticipation. Since it started we have screened a great variety of film, from Tsukamoto’s A Snake of June to the New Zealand comedy Eagle Vs Shark as well as some real classics from Hollywood.
We also run a programme of Access Cinema, with performances with descriptive subtitles, audio description or autism friendly.
And if you want to chill out after a big Saturday night out, there’s Lazy Sunday, where you can enjoy any item from the brunch menu, a drink and a ticket to the 12pm show for just £11.40.
And finally, in October there is Frightarama, our all night horror feast featuring five fiendish films – bring blankets, sleeping bags, crucifixes, garlic, teddy bears, whatever will get you through till dawn. The first of the films has been announced, the rest will be confirmed soon but tickets are available now.
Check out phoenix.org.uk/students for full programme details – and welcome to Leicester… we hope you have a great time here.