New Theatre and Film Viewing Facilities Planned for University of Leicester
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.
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
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
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.
new theatrical space is being created in the Percy Gee Building, where the
Queen's Hall will undergo a £117,000 refurbishment.
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
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
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."
refurbishment work will see improvements to the sound and lighting systems, the
installation of new curtains and general redecoration.
For more information, please contact Paul Goffin on 0116 252 2507.
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