University of Leicester eBulletin

New Theatre and Film Viewing Facilities Planned for University of Leicester

May 2002
No 93

The University of Leicester is planning to enhance its provision for the Arts through a programme of investment that will see a new film viewing and a new theatre venue on campus.

It will provide an up-to-400 seater theatre in the Queen's Hall, Percy Gee Building and a 150-seater film viewing facility in the Attenborough Building. The building is named after Fred Attenborough, former Principal of the University College, and father of actor and movie mogul Lord Attenborough who is an honorary graduate of the University.

The creation of the cinema follows the University's expansion of degree programmes which includes a new Honours degree in Film Studies and Visual Arts starting in September.

Students will study topics such as the Introduction to the Moving Image, Realism and Cinema, American Film, Visual Culture and World Cinema. There will be opportunities to specialise in a particular subject eg Film as Mass Communications, Cinema and the City.

The new theatrical space is being created in the Percy Gee Building, where the Queen's Hall will undergo a 117,000 refurbishment.

The refurbished hall will become the new home of the University of Leicester Theatre group (LUT), and will also see increased other usage once the refit is completed in September.

A University spokesperson said: "The Queen's Hall has the potential to become an extremely useful facility and, due to its size, has the potential to offer an intimate venue through the use of flexible seating, as well as offering stage productions.  There is also the added benefit that these changes will upgrade and improve the Queen's Hall."

Students' Union President Pete Lewis, said: "I am extremely pleased with the news about Queen's Hall, and believe that this could be a real opportunity.  It is very encouraging that the University has taken on board the needs of LUT and it shows the University's appreciation of what the group does."

The refurbishment work will see improvements to the sound and lighting systems, the installation of new curtains and general redecoration.

NOTE TO NEWSDESK: For more information, please contact Paul Goffin on 0116 252 2507.

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