The Pavilion Arts Centre

The Pavilion Arts Centre blends historical features with state of the art facilities to provide a unique multi-purpose exhibition, presentation, function and theatre space.

Newly launched in September 2012 after a comprehensive refurbishment, the facility offers a prestigious environment to host all types of events. Originally opened as The Entertainment Stage in 1889, and latterly known as the Paxton Suite, the renovations have painstakingly retained many of the early Victorian features complemented by a new contemporary design.

The main room has 360 seats (comprising of 78 moveable, 140 retractable each with a writing tablet and 142 balcony) and the Studio Theatre has 93 seats (of which 58 are retractable). With large open floor areas, the venue can accommodate a variety of activities and events including lecture style presentations, exhibitions, meetings, conferences, social events, weddings and functions.

There is a fully functional bar with a spacious reception area featuring small sections of ancillary soft seating.

The ingenious design of the Pavilion Arts Centre allows for dual events to take place simultaneously, using both the Studio Theatre and Main Auditorium space. This venue offers can state of the art visual, lighting, sound and communication equipment to support your event.

Our remotely-operated lighting system is highly advanced and is purpose designed to function within a working theatre. The sound and communications facilities are outstanding and provide modern user friendly technology to support live and recorded music, spoken word and web interface.

Linked to flexible laptop connection points, the video projection system projects images and video onto a (4100mm w. by 3000mm h.) electronic roller screen located above the main stage and centrally positioned for clear viewing from the main room, which is ideal for lectures, training courses and conferences.

Our main technical features include;

  • Infra-Red 2-channel hearing system

  • Induction Loop Hearing Assist System

  • Video Projector (Complete with interface electronics for signal over Cat 5e)

  • DVD Player

  • Remote Projection Screen (4100mm wide / 3000mm height)

  • Portable Lectern

  • Data connections points

  • Wi-Fi.

  • Microphones

  • Sound mixing system

  • Comprehensive theatre lighting

The project was under negotiation between HPBC and Opera House for around 10 years finally coming to fruition in 2008. The £2.5m project was funded by HPBC, Opera House, DDEP and the Arts Council.

Click here to enjoy a short video explanining the history of the Pavilion Arts Centre

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