Phoenix celebrates its 10th birthday with a weekend of £2 films

To celebrate their 10th birthday in Leicester’s Cultural Quarter, Phoenix is screening thirteen films from the past decade with all tickets £2 each.

Voted for by customers and Phoenix staff, Leicester’s favourite films from the past 10 years will screen across Friday 15th – Sunday 17th November.

Films included are; Whiplash, Get Out, Spider-Man: Into the Spider Verse, Wadjda, The Intouchables, Moonlight, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Hunt for the Wilderpeople, The Artist, Blackfish, Holy Motors, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri and La La Land.

Phoenix have also commissioned a new artwork – Three Breaths in Empty Space – from artist and composer Bret Battey, who was the artist behind the first exhibition 10 years ago. 

The celebrations continue on Tuesday 19th November with Phoenix hosting a special birthday party. From 7.30pm, there will be free short films, curated by The Short Cinema which showcase regional talent, virtual reality experiences, archive and brochure displays plus a DJ. Everyone will also receive a complimentary drink.

Speaking about the celebrations, Phoenix's Chief Executive John Rance said: "As we reach our 10th anniversary at Phoenix Square, we open our doors and welcome people to join us for 5-days of special film and art events to celebrate.

"We think the last 10 years are a milestone worth celebrating with the development of our film and art programme and visits to the venue reaching 220,000 a year. 

"Phoenix has been an important part of Leicester's cultural scene for 56 years and we have our sights firmly set on the future with our ambitious plan, Phoenix 2020, to extend the venue. 

"Please come and join us!"

On 19th November 2009, Phoenix opened its doors to their new purpose-built venue, having moved from their previous home on Upper Brown Street – now the Sue Townsend Theatre.

Over the past decade, Phoenix has screened over 3,000 different films from across the globe, staged more than 80 free exhibitions, served countless cups of tea and coffee and ran hundreds of short courses.

With Phoenix’s ambitious Phoenix 2020 expansion plans, Phoenix plans to continue to flourish and remain a much-loved cultural venue for people in Leicester.

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