Exciting New Developments This Summer

Published June 23, 2015

Back in February Exeter Phoenix announced the fantastic news of its successful bid to Arts Council England for £320,000 to improve its range of facilities. The pot of money was open to organisations wanting to make structural changes with a focus on sustainability, in all senses of the word. Here’s a little bit about what was included in our bid, and what you can expect to see coming to life here over the summer.

More capacity for audiences to see great music, theatre and comedy

A new 92 seat balcony in our auditorium served by a bespoke bar and hospitality area on the first floor will enable gig and theatre goers to enjoy drinks with a view. To top it off, the increased auditorium capacity will mean that audiences can expect to see more high-profile bands, companies and comedians play in Exeter’s city centre.

Arts and the environment

Sustainability means more than just financial resilience – all of our ambitions have the environment in mind too. An integral part of the redevelopment will be the addition of solar power generation, which will contribute greatly to a more sustainable future for our spaces.

A Brand New Independent Cinema Space For Exeter

Opening autumn 2015, Exeter Phoenix’s Studio 74 will be a fantastic asset to the city. More than just a cinema, Studio 74 presents a unique offer: a digital exhibition space that is committed to both film exhibition and production.

A platform to screen locally produced work alongside a diverse range of international and popular independent cinema, Studio 74 aims to place Exeter on the map at the forefront of independent and specialised film. Updated digital projection systems will mean great image quality and will guarantee audiences can see our pick of the latest feature releases on the big screen, whilst enjoying our brand new, super comfy cinema seating.

Fully kitted out with broadband connectivity, presentation capabilities and the opportunity for live streaming, the space will also provide the perfect venue for talks and conferences.

Perhaps most excitingly, a new cinema space in the region’s foremost multi-artform venue paves the way for yet more unique festivals combining music, art, film and food.


You can help us to make this happen.

We still need to raise 20% of the total costs for this exciting transformation, so we need all the support we can get. However large or small, your donation will make a big difference, thank you.

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