Another versatile venue, The Arena can be utilised on its own, or in conjunction with the adjacent Empress Ballroom. The room’s dramatic use of light creates an almost theatrical atmosphere for meetings, presentations and banquets.
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Length - 35m
Width - 16m
Height - 11.7m
Banquet - 300
Dinner Dance/Reception - 220
Concert - 1,200
Theatre - 400
A little bit of history .....
Adjacent to the magnificent Empress Ballroom, the Arena was originally named the Indian Lounge, due to its beautiful Raj-inspired interior design created by J.M. Boekbinder in 1896. The room survived in this state for 68 years until, in 1964, the faded interior was ripped out and replaced by the Planet Room - a large lounge bar with a cabaret stage. In the late 1980's the Planet Room was revamped in a Roman style to become the present Arena.
In March 2010 Blackpool Council purchased the Winter Gardens. Funding for the purchases and investment was secured from European Regional Development Fund, Homes and Communities Agency, Northwest Regional Development Agency and Blackpool Council. Following the acquisition the Winter Gardens is undergoing a major programme of refurbishment projects that has already seen extensive work to the entrances, Dome and Floral Hall, and the opening of the two new dining options under the operation of Heathcotes Outside. The Winter Gardens is operated on behalf of Blackpool Council by Crown Entertainment Centres Ltd.