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The Phoenix, Leicester

Phoenix Leicester

The Phoenix, opened in 2009, is Leicester’s independent cinema, art centre and café bar. It is located on Midland Street, in Leicester’s ‘Cultural Quarter’ and is just at 10 minute walk from the train station.

The Phoenix is a small charity which relies on public funding, sponsorship and donations, as well as income from the box office and Café Bar.


The cinema at the Phoenix shows around 20 films every month ranging from classic movies, current blockbusters and micro-budget independent films. The screens offer digital, 35mm and 3D format.

To see what is currently being shown at the cinema click here.

Seasons and Festivals – The cinemas regularly have seasons and festival running where films from specific genres or involving certain people are shown for a period of time. For example, the ‘Jaques Tati’ season shows digitally restored films by the French comedian, writer, actor and director.

Stage on Screen – The Stage on Screen programme started in 2011 and brings the best international shows and exhibitions to the big screen, making them more accessible to everyone. Ballet, opera and musical theatre performances can be watched either live (shown directly by satellite) or recorded. Some shows are classed as ‘encore’, meaning the recording is of the opening night show.

Silver Screenings – The Silver Screening programme is open to people of all ages and runs every Wednesday for a matinee (daytime) showing. This programme offers the latest blockbusters and classic movies at discount price of £4.60. Free tea or coffee and biscuits are included.

Access Cinema – The Access Cinema programme provides film screenings for people with disabilities. This includes descriptive subtitles and audio description.

Rural Cinema – The Rural Cinema programme is a community cinema network which provides mobile and installed equipment to show screenings in 60 community venues across Leicestershire, Rutland and Northamptonshire. The programme shows over 300 films every year.


Phoenix Leicester Art Exhibition

The Art and Digital Culture programme ran at the Phoenix is supported by the Arts Council England through the National portfolio and Catalyst schemes and also by De Montfort University.

Exhibitions by artists from around the world are presented in the Cube gallery.

Highlights of previous exhibitions at the Phoenix are available to view here.


There are numerous ways to learn at the Phoenix. There are short courses, talks and workshops available for adults. And for children and schools there is the Silverscreen Primary Education programme which combines children’s enthusiasm for film with the national curriculum.

Café Bar

The Phoenix has a variety of food and drink available at its Café Bar. There are breakfast, lunch and dinner menus available, including a children’s menu and specials board. Beers, ciders, wines, soft drinks and movie inspired cocktails are available to buy at the bar. Confectionary and ice-creams can be purchased from the kiosk, which can be taken in to the cinema screens.

The Café Bar is available to hire for private functions and events.

Food is served from 11am – 9am Monday – Saturday and 10am – 9am on Sundays.

Offers at the Café Bar:

  • Film & Dine – You can purchase tickets for a film of your choice and a meal from the regular menu or daily specials. Priced at £13.50 or £12.00 for concessions.
  • Lazy Sunday – Every Sunday from 10.00am – 12.00pm you can have a full English breakfast and a ticket to the 12pm film for £9.95 or £7.95 for concessions. Booking in advance is required for the Lazy Sunday offer.

Community at the Phoenix

The Café Bar and meeting rooms are used by local groups and societies for their regular meet ups.

You can view the full list of the groups currently meeting at the Phoenix here.


  • Wheelchair spaces available in cinema screens
  • Disabled parking available
  • Guide dogs permitted
  • Hearing loops on an infa red system
  • Baby changing facilities
  • Disabled toilets


You can become a member of the Phoenix and save money on your visit. The cost of your membership supports the Phoenix charity.

There are two packages available:

  1. Film Plus Card – The cost of this membership card is £30.00. When purchasing, two free cinema tickets are included. You receive £1.00 discount on cinema tickets with this card and 10% discount in the Café Bar. The card is valid for one year.
  2. Film Card – The cost of this card is £5.00 (£2.50 for concessions) and is valid for 10 visits. You will receive £1.00 off cinema tickets and 10% discount in the Café Bar.

Opening times

Box Office:

Monday: 12:00pm – 9:00pm

Tuesday: 12:00pm – 9:00pm

Wednesday: 12:00pm – 9:00pm

Thursday: 12:00pm – 9:00pm

Friday: 12:00pm – 9:00pm

Saturday: 11:00am – 9:00pm

Sunday: 11:00am – 9:00pm

Café Bar & Cube gallery:

Monday: 11:00am – 9:00pm

Tuesday: 11:00am – 9:00pm

Wednesday: 11:00am – 9:00pm

Thursday: 11:00am – 9:00pm

Friday: 11:00am – 9:00pm

Saturday: 10:00am – 9:00pm

Sunday: 10:00am – 9:00pm

Ticket Prices

Full ticket:

£7.90 – after 5pm and weekends

£7.10 – before 5pm

£15.00 – Stage on Screen


£6.10 – after 5pm and weekends

£6.10 – before 5pm

£13.00 – Stage on Screen

Students/Under 18’s:

£5.00 – after 5pm and weekends

£5.00 – before 5pm

Family ticket:

One adult, one child – £9.50

One adult, two children – £14.25

Two adults, two children – £19.00

3D films – an additional £1.50 per person

Autism friendly – £4.00 per ticket (includes one free ticket for carer)

Orange/EE Wednesday available (2 for 1 on tickets)