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Barbican opens new spaces for events

The Barbican is refurbishing and upgrading Cinemas 2 and 3 to enable them to also be used for conferencing – complete with registration, food and beverage spaces.

Cinemas 2 and 3, which opened in 2012, show the best international new releases, major curated seasons, international film festivals and talks with filmmakers.  To ensure they meet the demands of the Barbican’s business event focused clientele, the cinemas are undergoing upgrades and refurbishment.

The registration, food and beverage areas are being created from additional spaces within the venue, adding value and maximising the use of space.

The new facilities will open in Summer 2018, providing domestic and international event organisers with two new venue options in the heart of the City of London.

Once the work is complete:

  1. Cinema 2 will have a capacity of 150.

  2. Cinema 3 will have a capacity of 150.

  3. Both spaces will offer the latest in HD projection and AV facilities as well as full catering services.

“We are constantly looking for new ways to make the best use of the Barbican’s myriad facilities and spaces,” comments Lee Dobson, Head of Event Management at Barbican Business Events, “Recently this has involved pop-up event spaces such as the use of our back-stage areas as well as ongoing projects to make the most of the spaces we already have.  As part of our desire to bring our arts and commercial offering ever closer together, this refurbishment provides standalone space for smaller events of up to 150, whilst expanding the many spaces we have available for large scale corporate and association events looking to make use of the whole building.”

The new spaces will be showcased at The Meetings Show this week on Stand I502 before opening in the Summer.

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