Athena in Leicestershire is a stylish art deco venue, and can cater for large and small events alike. The capacity in this versatile building ranges from 120 to 1000 delegates, and Athena has established a good reputation as one of the largest and most flexible conference venues in the East Midlands. A selection of 5 purpose-built event spaces is available, each with fantastic equipment and facilities. WiFi is available throughout the building, and the staff are experienced in hosting not only conferences, but award dinners, weddings and dinner dances. 120 on-site, free and private car parking spaces are also available.
The building was originally a 1930’s art deco cinema able to seat 3000 in front of a spectacular big screen, and it has now been restored and re-vamped, ready for 21st century business functions. The Grand Reception area is the perfect place for meeting & greeting, and for registration. There is a large bar here as well as cloakroom facilities, along with a large plasma screen – able to display the corporate images of your choice.
The Cinema Suite can hold 1000 people in theatre style, and has a wireless broadcasting system as well as a stunning 10m by 5m cinema screen. You can also hire The Gallery, which overlooks the stage from the back of the room. 400 extra guests can enjoy their own private bar, and a more exclusive area from which to view your conference.
For breakout spaces or private hire for smaller scale occasions, the Deco Lounge and The City View Lounge are truly remarkable. The Deco Lounge has a dual aspect bar, plenty of seating and a huge cinema screen. It’s perfect for corporate away days, or as a break out room and place to take refreshments during conferences. The City View Lounge is ideal for a standing cocktail reception. With beautiful views over the city centre and classic 1930’s glamour, they may be no bar here but canapés and drinks will go down a treat.