We are pleased to say that Octagon Films has made its home at Harborough Theatre. The theatre stands in Church Square, adjacent to the magnificent parish church, Saint Dionysius, and the Old Grammar School, one of only a few remaining ancient buildings standing on massive legs. There have been buildings on the theatre site for centuries, including The Green Dragon, an old coaching inn with a somewhat dodgy reputation and, allegedly, the ghost of a murdered patron which they say still haunts the theatre.
It is appropriate that this building is now the home of “make believe”. Although it looks like an old merchant’s house from the Elizabethan period, with stone walls, mullioned windows, leaded lights and stout oak doors, it was, in fact, only constructed in 1935 as a cycle shed and store for a local corset factory!
Inside the theatre there is a welcome lounge with seating and a bar, offering an opportunity for a drink prior to a performance. On the first floor, accessible by stairs and by a lift from the lounge area, the theatre boasts a 117-seat tiered auditorium, with a 12 speaker surround-sound Dolby system. An induction loop is available for patrons with hearing aids, and there is a wheelchair position close to the lift access lobby. We have installed up-to-date cinema equipment, including a large screen and a digital projector, giving as good a picture as is available from any cinema.