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December Programme

The Butler Frozen Gloria The Counsellor Also this month:

The Oscars season begins! Christmas fun for all the family This brochure posted to you for free monthly

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

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December at a glance

Blue is The Warmest Colour p4

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Welcome Saving Mr. Banks p4

Dom Hemingway p4

Saving Mr. Banks p4

Hannah Ardent  p5

Things start to hot-up around this time at Phoenix as the film studios release some of their best films as contenders for the Oscars and Baftas in the new year. There’s already plenty of buzz around films we’ve shown - Blue Jasmine, Philomena and Gravity in particular - and it looks like there’ll be much more with new releases including Saving Mr Banks, The Butler and Gloria this month. If you want to catch some of the finest films of the year, don’t miss the next three months. We’ll be programming all the strongest contenders plus our usual selection of independent and world cinema releases.

The Butler p5

The Butler p5

Sunshine on Leith  p5

The Hobbit: Part II p7

The Counsellor p6

Bygone Leicester  p6

To keep right up to date for free, join our monthly brochure and weekly email mailing lists – if you aren’t already on them – by completing the form on the inside page at the back of this programme. Thank you to everyone who joined us for the ‘Light the Night’ festival in the Cultural Quarter in November. With thousands of people enjoying the digital fireworks, building projections and entertainment, we’re looking forward to working with our partners to make it an annual event! Finally, from all of us at Phoenix we’d like to wish every one of you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Nebraska  p7

It's a Wonderful Life p7

Gloria  p6

Marius & Fanny p10

Kill Your Darlings p7

Gloria  p6

Coming in January

The Railway Man p10

Phoenix is a registered charity. Our aim is to bring inspirational film and art to all. Made possible with the support of:

Mandela: Walk To Freedom p10

Secret Life of Walter Mitty p10


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Saving Mr Banks


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The Butler



Sun 1 - Thu 12 Dec

Fri 13 - Thu 19 Dec

Cast: Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks USA 2013, 2hrs 5mins

Dir: Lee Daniels Cast: Forest Whitaker, Alan Rickman USA 2013, 2hrs 12mins

This superbly entertaining comedy-drama is inspired by the fascinating untold story of how Disney’s 1964 classic ‘Mary Poppins’ made it to the big screen. Based around a two week period in 1960, the author P. L. Travers arrives in Los Angeles to negotiate with Walt Disney (Hanks) the screen rights to her Mary Poppins novels. Emma Thompson is wonderful as

Don Jon


Sun 1 - Thu 5 Dec Dir: Joseph Gordon-Levitt Cast: Scarlett Johansson USA 2013, 1hr 30mins Jon (Gordon-Levitt) only cares about a few things in his life: church, family, friends, his car and porn. Convinced the perfect woman is out there who can cure his desire for pornography, Jon indulges in a series of one night stands before meeting Barbara (Johansson), an old-fashioned girl raised on romantic Hollywood movies. Perhaps Jon should change his ways?

Travers, a delightfully no-nonsense woman unimpressed with the pomp of the Disney empire and the glitzy adaptation Walt has in the works. Finding a kinship in their unhappy childhoods, Travers tries to inspire a heartfelt film by recounting her upbringing in Australia with her father - the Mr Banks of the title.

Blue is the Warmest Colour

Dom Hemingway 18

Sun 1 - Thu 5 Dec Dir: Abdellatif Kechiche Cast: Léa Seydoux, Adèle Exarchopoulos France / Belgium / Spain 2013, 2hrs 59mins, subtitled Adored by critics and winner of the Palme d'Or at Cannes film festival this year, Kechiche’s sumptuous account of a young lesbian couple’s relationship is simply incredible. Bolstered by delicate performances from Seydoux and Exarchopoulos, the film strips away any Hollywoodstyle gloss to look at the raw emotion of love and being loved. It’s heartbreaking, explicit, gorgeous world cinema that grabs hold and won’t let go.



Drawing comparisons with 2011’s The Help, this new film from Daniels (award winning director of Precious) is based on a true story. The son of a sharecropper raised in America’s Deep South in the 1920s, Cecil Gaines (Whitaker) rose to be head butler at the White House where he served 8 presidents.

We see some of the most important events in America’s history played out during his 40 year career, from the Vietnam conflict to the birth of the civil rights movement and the assassination of JFK. With a huge ensemble cast including Alan Rickman, John Cusack and Vanessa Redgrave on top form, it’s an irresistible and grand drama.

Sunshine on Leith

Hannah Arendt


The Patience Stone TBA


Fri 6 - Thu 12 Dec

Fri 6 - Mon 9 Dec

Mon 9 - Thu 12 Dec

Tue 10 Dec, 7.30pm

Dir: Richard Shepard Cast: Jude Law, Richard E. Grant UK 2013, 1hr 34mins

Dir: Dexter Fletcher Cast: Jason Flemyng, Peter Mullan UK 2013, 1hr 40mins

Dir: Margarethe von Trotta Cast: Barbara Sukowa Ger / Lux 2012, 1hr 53mins, subtitled

Dir: Atiq Rahimi Cast: Golshifteh Farahani Afghanistan / UK, 1hr 42mins, subtitled

After being locked away for 12 years for refusing to testify against his bosses, notorious safe-cracker Dom is back in London to collect his dues. Funny, outrageous and raunchy, Dom Hemingway is a sin-filled guilty pleasure for this time of year, with Jude Law giving one of his best performances as the oafish drunkard Dom. Great support comes from Richard E. Grant - channelling the withering eloquence of Withnail as Dom’s pal Dickie.

Back by popular demand! The hugely successful stage-musical has been re-imagined for the big screen. The film follows Davy and Ally as they re-adjust to civilian life after returning from Afghanistan. Fighting memories of previous conflicts, the two must support each other and learn how to move on. Featuring feel-good music from The Proclaimers, director Dexter Fletcher has lovingly crafted a heart-warming musical, with a great turn from the excellent Peter Mullan as you’ve never heard him before!

This beautiful, thoughtful biopic tells the story of Hannah Arendt (Barbara Sukowa), the philosopher and political theorist who covered the story of Adolf Eichmann’s war crimes trial for The New Yorker. We follow Arendt as she reacts to the trial, and develops her now worldrenowned theory ‘The Banality of Evil’. Director Margarethe von Trotta (Rosenstrasse) gets the most out of the brilliant Sukowa who captures perfectly Arendt’s distain for compromise. Her story is both challenging and empowering.

Abandoned with her comatose husband in a war-torn town, a women talks about her dreams frustrations and desires. Starring exiled Iranian actress Golshifteh Farahani (About Elly) this is a sensual and moving parable of modern-day Afghanistan. Screening with Amnesty Leicester: ‘This Human Rights Day (Dec 10) we hope to raise awareness of the plight of women in Afghanistan and give you the opportunity to add your voice to millions of concerned citizens across the world.’

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The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug PG


Fri 13 - Thu 19 Dec

Fri 20 Dec - Thu 2 Jan (excluding Fri 25 Dec & Wed 1 Jan)

Dir: Sebastián Lelio Cast: Paulina García Chile / Spain 2013, 1hr 49mins, subtitled

Gloria (García) is a 58-year-old divorcee determined to defy old age by throwing herself into a series of singles parties and flings.

Indulging a new life of instant gratification and short-term fixes, Gloria soon finds herself feeling empty and alone; until she meets ex-naval officer Rodolfo (Hernández). But it’s far from plain sailing for Gloria as she is forced to face her own demons. Terrifically written, this is a charming and emotionally insightful drama.

The Counsellor

Computer Chess

**** - This burnished gem from Chile is a rich and poetic character study of a woman on the lookout for love - Little White Lies



Fri 13 - Thu 19 Dec

Fri 13 - Tue 17 Dec

Dir: Ridley Scott Cast: Michael Fassbender, Javier Bardem USA / UK 2013, 1hrs 57mins

Dir: Andrew Bujalski Cast: Tom Fletcher, Wiley Wiggins USA 2013, 1hr 31mins

Director Ridley Scott (Alien, Gladiator) and writer Cormac McCarthy (No Country for Old Men) team up to create an unforgettable cocaine-fuelled frenzy of a film. Fassbender plays the counsellor of the title, lulled into a Faustian pact after agreeing to use his privileged position to abet a dangerous drug dealer; what follows is a descent into chaos. This is violent, sexual, brooding stuff from Scott who has created a doomed world filled with intense, darkly-amusing characters. Fassbender and Bardem are electric.

**** - Loaded with more ideas than some filmmakers manage in a lifetime - Time Out An unexpected hit at the Berlin and Sundance film festivals, Bujalski’s brilliant mockumentary is already drawing comparisons with Dr. Strangelove and Spinal Tap. Set at a weekend ‘man vs. machine’ chess tournament in a tacky convention centre 30 years ago, Computer Chess follows the eccentric geniuses looking to perfect their computer programmes for a showdown with the grand master Pat Henderson.

Dir: Peter Jackson Cast: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen USA / New Zealand 2013, TBC

The Bygone Leicester Moving Picture Show U Sun 15 Dec, 11.30am & 2.30pm Tickets: £6.50 Treat yourself to Phoenix's annual Christmas screening of local history presented by Rob Foxon of the Leicestershire Film Archive. This year's programme remembers the pre-war Leicester city centre with trams and the opening of Braunstone Airport in 1935. We also remember post-war Leicester with newly-discovered footage of the city in 1958 and take a ride through Glenfield Tunnel on the Leicester & Swannington Railway.

We return to director Peter Jackson’s beautifully-realised ‘Middle Earth’ for the second part of the Bilbo Baggins journey. After escaping the grasps of Orc Warlord Azog; Bilbo, Gandalf the Grey (Sir Ian McKellen) and Thorin - with his

company of dwarves - travel on to the Lonely Mountain where the mighty sleeping dragon Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch) lies in wait. Jackson really turns up the heat in this epic adventure movie and Martin Freeman is once again brilliant as the bumbling Baggins.

It’s a Wonderful Life



Wed 18 - Tue 24 Dec Dir: Frank Capra Actors: James Stewart, USA 1946, 2hrs 9mins Never mind best Christmas movie, Capra’s 1946 ode to family, community and the power of redemption is a strong contender for greatest movie ever made. Jimmy Stewart plays George Bailey, a frustrated businessman who over the course of one night discovers the true meaning of Christmas. Join us on Friday 20th at 7.30pm for a special screening in support of Action Homeless - simply bring a food item from our online shopping list and receive a ticket in exchange. See website for details.

Kill Your Darlings



Fri 20 - Thu 26 Dec (excluding Fri 25 Dec)

Fri 27 Dec - Thu 2 Jan (excluding Wed 1 Jan)

Dir: Alexander Payne Cast: Bruce Dern, Will Forte USA 2013, 1hr 55mins

Dir: John Krokidas Cast: Daniel Radcliffe USA 2013, 1hrs 44mins

This enchanting melancholy comedy comes from Alexander Payne, the director of Sideways and 2011’s The Descendants. Convinced he’s won a million dollars in a sweepstake, Woody (Dern) persuades his sceptical son David to drive him to the company’s office in Nebraska, staying with various odd-ball (and all of a sudden, money-grabbing) members of their extended family. Beautifully shot in black and white, Nebraska garnered Bruce Dern the Best Actor award at Cannes; will he pick up the Oscar too?

The latest film to look at the Beat Generation after last year’s On the Road, Krokidas’ film is a much more interesting and haunting affair - using the backdrop of a terrible crime to interrogate the character of Ginsberg, Kerouac and Burroughs. Arriving at Columbia University, poet Ginsburg meets fellow student Lucien Carr. Inducted into a world of drugs and jazz, their relationship arouses the dangerous jealousy of Carr’s possessive older friend David Kammerer. As Ginsberg, Daniel Radcliffe is a revelation.

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Dec '13 Sun 1

12pm Lazy Sunday – Saving Mr. Banks 12.30pm Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 3pm Blue is the Warmest Colour 3.15pm Saving Mr. Banks 6.30pm Saving Mr. Banks 7pm Don Jon Mon 2 1pm Saving Mr. Banks 1.30pm Blue is the Warmest Colour 4.15pm Saving Mr. Banks 6pm Don Jon 7.30pm Saving Mr. Banks 8pm Blue is the Warmest Colour Tue 3 10.30am Saving Mr. Banks Supported Environment 1.30pm Saving Mr. Banks 2pm Blue is the Warmest Colour 4.45pm Saving Mr. Banks 8pm Saving Mr. Banks 9.15pm Don Jon Wed 4 11am Silver Screening - Saving Mr. Banks 1.15pm Saving Mr. Banks 2pm Blue is the Warmest Colour 4.30pm Saving Mr. Banks 6.15pm Don Jon 7.30pm Saving Mr. Banks 8.15pm Blue is the Warmest Colour Thu 5 1.45pm Saving Mr. Banks 2.30pm Don Jon 4.30pm Saving Mr. Banks 5pm Blue is the Warmest Colour 7.30pm RSC: Richard II 8.45pm Saving Mr. Banks 1.30pm Saving Mr. Banks Fri 6 2pm Sunshine on Leith 4.15pm Dom Hemingway 4.30pm Saving Mr. Banks 6.30pm Sunshine on Leith 7pm Scrooged - Subtitled 7.30pm Saving Mr. Banks 8.45pm Dom Hemingway 10am Christmas Family Fun Day Sat 7 1pm Arthur Christmas 1.30pm Saving Mr. Banks 4pm Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 4.45pm Saving Mr. Banks 6.30pm Sunshine on Leith 7.45pm Saving Mr. Banks 8.45pm Dom Hemingway 12pm Lazy Sunday - Sunshine on Leith Sun 8 1pm Saving Mr. Banks 2.30pm Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 4pm Saving Mr. Banks 5pm Dom Hemingway 7pm Saving Mr. Banks 7.30pm Sunshine on Leith Saving Mr. Banks Mon 9 1pm 1.30pm Sunshine on Leith 4pm Dom Hemingway 4.30pm Saving Mr. Banks 6.15pm Hannah Arendt 7.30pm Saving Mr. Banks 8.45pm Sunshine on Leith Tue 10 10.30am Nativity 2: Danger in the Manger! - Supported Environment 2.30pm Saving Mr. Banks 2.45pm Hannah Arendt 5.15pm Saving Mr. Banks 5.15pm Dom Hemingway 6.30pm Leyla Curtis – Artists Talk 6.30pm 7.30pm Osama 8pm Saving Mr. Banks Wed 11 10.30am Silver Screening - Patagonia 1pm Hannah Arendt

1.30pm Saving Mr. Banks 3.45pm Dom Hemingway 4.30pm Saving Mr. Banks 6.15pm Hannah Arendt 7.30pm Saving Mr. Banks 8.45pm Dom Hemingway Dom Hemingway Thu 12 4pm 4.30pm Saving Mr. Banks 6.15pm Hannah Arendt 7.30pm RSC: Richard II 8.45pm Saving Mr. Banks 3.15pm The Butler Fri 13 4pm Computer Chess 6.15pm Gloria 6.15pm The Butler 8.45pm The Counsellor 9.15pm CINEMA BIZARRE: Oldboy 10.30am Arthur Christmas - Autism Friendly Sat 14 1pm Gloria 1.15pm The Butler 3.30pm Ender’s Game 4pm The Counsellor 6.15pm Gloria 6.30pm Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor 3D 8.30pm The Butler 8.45pm Computer Chess Sun 15 11.30am Bygone Leicester Moving Picture Show 12pm Lazy Sunday - The Butler 2.30pm Bygone Leicester Moving Picture Show 2.45pm Ender’s Game 5.15pm The Counsellor 5.45pm Gloria 7.45pm The Butler 8.10pm Computer Chess The Butler Mon 16 1pm 1.30pm Gloria 4pm Computer Chess 4.30pm The Counsellor 6.15pm Gloria 7.30pm The Butler 8.45pm Computer Chess Tue 17 10.30am Arthur Christmas Supported Environment 2pm The Butler 3.45pm Gloria 5pm The Butler 6.15pm Computer Chess 8pm The Counsellor 8.30pm Gloria Wed 18 11am Silver Screening - The Butler 1pm Gloria 2.30pm The Butler 3.20pm Gloria 5.45pm It’s a Wonderful Life 6.15pm The Counsellor 8.30pm Gloria 8.45pm The Butler Thu 19 3.15pm The Butler 3.30pm Gloria 6pm Gloria 6.15pm The Counsellor 8.30pm It’s a Wonderful Life 8.45pm The Butler Fri 20 12.30pm The Hobbit: Part II 3D 2pm Arthur Christmas - Audio Described 2.30pm Frozen 4pm The Hobbit: Part II 2D 5.15pm Nebraska 7.30pm It’s a Wonderful Life FOOD DONATION SCREENING 8pm The Hobbit: Part II 2D Sat 21 10.30pm Creation Station 12pm Frozen 1pm The Hobbit: Part II 2D 2.30pm Frozen 4.30pm The Hobbit: Part II 3D 5pm It’s a Wonderful Life 7.45pm Nebraska 8pm The Hobbit: Part II 2D Sun 22 10am Frozen 12pm The Hobbit: Part II 2D

12.15pm Nebraska 3pm Bolshoi Ballet: Sleeping Beauty 3.30pm The Hobbit: Part II 3D 6.30pm The Hobbit: Part II 2D 7pm It’s a Wonderful Life Mon 23 11.15am Frozen 1pm The Hobbit: Part II 2D 1.30pm Nebraska 4pm Frozen 4.30pm The Hobbit: Part II 3D 6.15pm Nebraska 8pm The Hobbit: Part II 2D 8.45pm It’s a Wonderful Life Tue 24 11.15am The Hobbit: Part II 3D 11.30am Frozen 2pm It’s a Wonderful Life The Hobbit: Part II 2D 5pm It’s a Wonderful Life 6.15pm The Hobbit: Part II 2D 7.45pm Nebraska Wed 25 CLOSED MERRY CHRISTMAS! Thu 26 1pm Frozen 2pm The Hobbit: Part II 3D 3.30pm Cinema Paradiso 5.30pm The Hobbit: Part II 2D 6.15pm Nebraska 12pm The Hobbit: Part II 3D Fri 27 1.15pm Cinema Paradiso 3.30pm The Hobbit: Part II 2D 4pm Kill Your Darlings 6.15pm Marius 7pm The Hobbit: Part II 3D 8.30pm Fanny 1pm The Hobbit: Part II 3D Sat 28 1.15pm Cinema Paradiso 4pm Marius 4.30pm The Hobbit: Part II 2D 6.15pm Fanny 8pm The Hobbit: Part II 2D 8.30pm Kill Your Darlings Sun 29 12pm Lazy Sunday - Kill Your Darlings 12.15pm The Hobbit: Part II 3D 2.30pm Cinema Paradiso 3.45pm The Hobbit: Part II 2D 5.15pm Marius 7.15pm The Hobbit: Part II 2D 7.30pm Fanny Mon 30 1pm The Hobbit: Part II 2D 1.30pm Marius 3.45pm Fanny 4.30pm The Hobbit: Part II 3D 6.15pm Marius 8pm The Hobbit: Part II 2D 8.30pm Kill Your Darlings Tue 31 12pm The Hobbit: Part II 3D 1.30pm Marius 3.30pm The Hobbit: Part II 2D 3.45pm Marius 6pm Fanny 7pm The Hobbit: Part II 3D 8.15pm Kill Your Darlings Wed 1st CLOSED HAPPY NEW YEAR! Jan


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& Fanny


Fri 27 Dec - Thu 2 Jan (excluding Wed 1 Jan)

A touch of magic comes to Phoenix this winter as Bolshoi Ballet’s Sleeping Beauty appears on our screen just in time for Christmas.

Dir: Daniel Auteuil Cast: Daniel Auteuil, Victoire Bélézy France 2013 Friends since birth, seafaring Marius (the gorgeous Raphaël Personnaz) and local girl Fanny (the equally gorgeous Victoire Bélézy) realise their feelings for each other run deeper, but Marius’ wanderlust threatens to destroy their love. Will Fanny fall for the

attentions of elderly local business man Panisse? This is wryly funny, charmingly romantic fare set against the backdrop of Marseille’s Old Port - a technicolor coastal gem.

Due to popular demand we’ve also added encore screenings of Shakespeare’s Richard II and Coriolanus.

Sun 22 Dec, 3pm (recorded)


FROM THE VAULTS Must-see masterpieces

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

12 Years A Slave

Thu 5 Dec – SOLD OUT Thu 12 Dec, 7.30pm

Sleeping Beauty


Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

Richard II

All tickets £14 / £12 conc. Advanced booking recommended.

Coming in January

The Railway Man


Stage on Screen Autumn Season


We present the first two companion pieces from Daniel Auteuil’s (Jean de Florette, Manon Des Sources) adaptation of Marcel Pagnol’s beloved Marius / Fanny / César trilogy, across a week-long run so the films can be enjoyed individually or as a double bill.

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Cinema Paradiso


CINEMA BIZARRE The weird and wonderful



Thu 26 - Sun 29 Dec

Fri 13 Dec, 9.15pm

Dir: Giuseppe Tornatore Cast: Philippe Noiret, Salvatore Cascio Italy / France 1988, 2hrs 4mins subtitled

Dir: Chan-wook Park Cast: Min-sik Choi South Korea 2003, 2hrs, subtitled

Arriving in a gorgeous new digital restoration, this sweet and sentimental tale is a love letter to cinema and a must for all those who can’t imagine their life without movies. After losing his father, young Salvatore ‘Toto’ sneaks into the local cinema where he harasses the local projectionist Alfredo (a sublime performance from Philippe Noiret). The kindly Alfredo teaches Toto his trade but tries to persuade him there is a life away

Cinema Bizarre returns this month with Chan-wook Park’s Oldboy. This blood-soaked revenge tale has been shocking audiences for a decade, and with Spike Lee’s remake also released this month we thought it would be the perfect chance to present the original cult classic. Mysteriously imprisoned in a dingy room for 15 years with only a TV for company, Oh Dae-Su is suddenly released and sets about unleashing his ferocious vengeance!

Thu 30 Jan – SOLD OUT Sat 1 Feb, 7.30pm Shakespeare’s tale of manipulation and revenge, starring Tom Hiddleston and Mark Gatiss.

War Horse Thu 27 Feb – SOLD OUT Sat 1 Mar – SOLD OUT Thu 6 Mar, 7.30pm The National Theatre’s phenomenally successful stage production, with a new encore date added!

Silver Screenings

Access Cinema Look out for some exciting developments regarding our Access Cinema programme for disabled customers and carers next month! Tickets: £4, free carers tickets for people with CEA cards.

Sun 19 Jan, 3pm (live)

Lost Illusions Sun 2 Feb, 2pm (live)

The Golden Age Sun 30 Mar, 4pm (live) Full show details on the Phoenix website.

Missed out? Shows sell out very quickly and we try to put on extra screenings so everyone has a chance to see them. For the most up-to-date information join our email list – you can sign up on our website or by filling in the form at the back of this month’s brochure. Matinee screenings for just £4.60 including refreshments!

Supported Environment Saving Mr Banks PG Tue 3 Dec, 10.30am Nativity 2 - Danger in the Manger! U Tue 10 Dec, 10.30am Arthur Christmas U Tue 17 Dec, 10.30am

Subtitled Scrooged U Fri 6 Dec, 7pm

Audio Described Arthur Christmas U Fri 20 Dec, 2pm

Patagonia Wed 11 Dec, 10.30am Screening in partnership with The University of the Third Age (U3A)

Saving Mr. Banks Wed 4 Dec, 11am

The Butler Wed 18 Dec, 11am

Autism Friendly Arthur Christmas U Sat 14 Dec, 10.30am

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Christmas at Phoenix Ender’s Game

Christmas Family Fun Day


Sat 14 & Sun 15 Dec

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 U Sat 30 Nov – Sun 1 Dec Inventor Flint battles food-animal hybrids in this quirky sequel.

Frozen (2D and 3D) Fri 20 - Thu 26 Dec (excl. Fri 25 Dec) Disney’s latest adventure – Princess Anna must save her kingdom from eternal winter.


Celebrate Christmas with our family fun day! Enjoy crafts, a story workshop courtesy of Everybody’s Reading and a festive feast, before heading into the cinema to watch Christmas family favourite ‘Arthur Christmas’ introduced by none other than Santa and Mrs Claus. Book early to avoid disappointment.

Creation Station

Sat 21 Dec 10.30am - 11.30am £4 per child, adults free. This month’s arts and crafts hour takes inspiration from Disney’s Frozen. Perfect for ages 5 – 10. All materials supplied.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug 12A

Wed 18 - Tue 24 Dec

Christmas Movies

The ultimate seasonal feel-good film. (See page 7 for more details of our charitable food donation screening on Dec 20)

When the weather outside is frightful, there is a place you can go - the Phoenix Café Bar will be decking the halls and offering some festive cheer and goodies for all!

Suitable for children up to 11 years. Children under 18 months go free. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

It’s a Wonderful Life 12A


Phoenix Café Bar

Sat 7 Dec, 10am – 2.30pm Tickets: Children £12, adults £10

A gifted boy is sent to an elite military school in outer space.

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Fri 20 Dec - Thu 2 Jan (excl. Fri 25 Dec & Wed 1 Jan) Bilbo and his companions continue their quest and encounter the dragon Smaug.

Mince pies Christmas special ales and cider Home-made mulled wine Warming flavoured lattes and hot chocolate

There’s also a new edition to our film and food offer:

Lazy Lunch Every Sunday enjoy a home-cooked Sunday Roast (meat or veggie options available) and a ticket to the lunchtime or afternoon film for just £12.95, from 12.30pm - 3.30pm. Bookings in advance with our Box Office please.

Our regular offers continue as usual:

Film and Dine A film and a meal for £13.50 anytime. (£11.50 concessions).

Lazy Sunday A full English breakfast from 10am and a ticket to the 12pm film on Sunday for £9.95. So, with parking just yards away, fresh food, a wide selection of beverages and our favourite Christmas songs on the playlist - why not drop into Phoenix this December? Christmas opening times Please see the backpage for standard opening hours and a few amends over the Christmas period.

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Digital Art Layla Curtis – Artist Talk Tue 10 Dec, 6.30pm Free Layla Curtis will discuss her exhibition Antipodes with Phoenix associate artist Sean Clark, whose company Cuttlefish helped build the online artwork on which the exhibition is based. This talk is free but places are limited. Please book with box office on 0116 242 2800.

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Featuring an installation of live webcam feeds and the online artwork alongside time lapse videos, drawings and photographic works, Antipodes highlights the distance and differences between us, whilst reminding us how technology is bringing us closer together. Phoenix is supporting the ongoing development of Antipodes by Layla Curtis, commissioned by Film and Video Umbrella in association with Spacex. Technical support by Cuttlefish. Supported by Arts Council England.

Courses With new year just around the corner, now’s your chance to try something new. As part of our education programme, our short courses are a great way to learn from our experienced tutors and meet like-minded people!

Antipodes continues in the Cube gallery and cafebar at Phoenix until Sat 21 Dec.

Phoenix Interact Labs is a new programme designed to encourage people to be creative with digital technology.

Leicester Hackspace

Digital Makers Group

Tue 3 & 17 Dec, 6pm - 9pm Free

Sat 14 Dec, 12pm - 4pm Free

Leicester Hackspace is for people who like to experiment with technology to create brand new things. With a range of tools and resources on hand, you get the chance to discuss your own projects and share expertise with likeminded people.

A group for anyone interested in learning how to use digital technologies like computer programming, 3D printing, Raspberry Pi and Arduino to be creative and make new things. Anyone is welcome to join and meetings are open to people of all ages and levels of ability.

Find out more about both groups at

Talking Pictures

Coming soon:

Tuesdays, 7 Jan – 15 Apr (10 sessions) 10.30am – 12pm

The Art of Screening Writing From 4 Feb Got a great film idea? – find out how to get it on paper.

Tutor: Alan Seaman Cost: £80 / £70 conc.

Understanding Film

Share your love of film at Phoenix with a course designed to provide the fullest possible cinema-going experience. Every week you’ll get weekly admittance to the Phoenix afternoon screening, a cup of tea or filter coffee and - best of all - a tutor-led discussion amongst fellow motion picture lovers about the film of the week, current film news, controversies, obituaries and everything in between.

From 6 Feb A course for those who want a deeper insight into the world of the big screen. Find our more at under ‘Courses’.

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You can buy tickets in advance online, by phone or in person at the Phoenix box office. There is no phone or online booking fee.

Box office

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11am – 9pm

Café Bar & DMU Cube gallery

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After 5pm & weekends

Food Served 11am – 9pm

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3D films cost an additional £1.50 Christmas Opening: Phoenix will be closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. On the 23, 24, 26, 27, 30, 31 Dec we will open at the later time of 11am. On Christmas Eve the kitchen will close at 8pm and the building at 10.30pm. On Boxing Day the kitchen will close at 6.30pm and building at 9.30pm. Normal opening hours apply at other times.

*Concessions are available with proof of status, for: • Unemployed • Disabled • Retired in receipt of state pension

Special ticket offers Family ticket: Adult + child £9.50, adult + 2 children £14.25, 2 adults + 2 children £19.00 (2D films only).

Box Office: 0116 242 2800

Access Cinema: £4, carer tickets free for CEA card holders.

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Orange & EE Wednesdays: 2 for 1 tickets.

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Rutland Street NCP on Halford Street (LE1 1TQ) is a short walk from Phoenix and costs £4.20 all day for Phoenix customers (with tickets stamped at the Phoenix box office).


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Access Parking in front of building & Halford Street NCP

Hearing loops in building

Wheelchair spaces

Baby changing facilities

Guide dogs are welcome

Toilet & washing facilities

Litho and Digital Printers T 0116 246 1717 F 0116 246 1575 E

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