In October 2014, the ownership of Preston Guild Hall was transferred from Preston City Council to the Rigby Group of companies, under the directorship of local private entrepreneur Simon Rigby. It is an exciting new chapter in Preston’s entertainment scene and there are ambitious plans in place to elevate the complex back to its previous former glory.
In addition to the programming and event developments to re-establish the 738 seater Charter Theatre and 2034 seater Grand Hall, Simon and his team have already started to invest heavily in the wider complex. The arcade has seen several new popular additions such as the Mundo Tapas restaurant, the Leaf or Bean coffee shop and the Review Wine and Cocktail bar. The latest addition in the Villa Italian restaurant also opened its doors recently in June 2016.
Furthermore, the Grand Hall Foyer has undergone a major programme of refurbishment to create a brand new multifunctional space know as LiVe!, creating the perfect space for intimate gigs, pre- and post-show drinks and for dancing the night away!
The newest development is the purpose-built indoor/outdoor terrace area which has helped to modernise the original balcony area. This latest addition provides our guests with stunning views of the surrounding Grade 1 listed buildings and architecture, such as the Harris Museum, whilst they dine with us, and also boasts a retractable roof canopy for the summer months!
Our next project is gearing up to be our biggest and most sensational yet in the creation of LeVel which is set to become a diverse and unique multi-entertainment complex encompassing a boutique 10-pin bowling alley, a nine-hole crazy golf course, karaoke booths, a sports bar and a Tex Mex diner. This will also involve the creation of a brand new entrance to Preston Guild Hall from Lord Street, ensuring that the complex is accessible to all and becomes the place to be in Preston for all your entertainment and dining needs!
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