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The interval is almost over and the second half is finally in sight...

25 June 2021
We have just announced that our doors will reopen to the public on Tuesday 20 July, with films returning to our big screen on Friday 23 July – a whole 491 days since our last performance.

PAC director, Janet Farmer, said: “Over the last few months our main focus has been planning the safe re-opening of the building, ensuring all staff are trained appropriately and making sure the venue has all its new systems, resources and processes in place and working well.

“We have sought feedback from staff, volunteers and customers and this will be vital to the success of this process. Our main aim is to ensure the visitor experience at PAC is safe, secure and enjoyable.”

Last March 2020 we raised over £18k in less than a month after launching a Crowdfunding Appeal, followed by successful funding applications to the Smile Foundation's I Am Fund and the Government's Cultural Recovery Fund.

Janet said: "I would like to thank the venue's customers in addition to Pocklington Town Council, the Friends of PAC, the Smile Foundation, Arts Council England and the Music Venue Trust for their collective support over the last year.

“It has been a very difficult time for everyone but their kind words, financial support and continued interest in all things PAC has meant a great deal and helped carry the venue through these extraordinary times."

Over the last year staff have been rescheduling a series of our planned live events into Autumn/Winter 2021 and 2022, transferring over 4,000 tickets and refunding customers for over 20 cancelled events.

Throughout our closure we have been determined to emerge more vibrant than ever and our Autumn/Winter programme is testament to that.

We’ve got a fantastic range of events coming up at PAC, alongside our trademark diverse mix of film screenings, live broadcasts, exhibitions, community events and private hires all of which can be found right here on our website or keep up to date with all our new events by following us on our socials.

We are now busily preparing for our two open-air events in Primrose Wood (Pocklington) with Martin Simpson and Katie Spencer on Thursday 1 July and The Dunwells and Rachel Croft on Thursday 8 July which will now go ahead under social distancing restrictions.

We’ve increased our online artistic output during the pandemic, staging 18 events to over 9,000 audience members.

This was in addition to a series of outdoor exhibitions across the region, with artists Sue Clayton and Karen Winship, at locations including All Saints Church, in Pocklington, Hull Waterside and Marina, and the Tent of Hope at the York Vaccination Centre.

"We felt it was vitally important to have continued customer engagement throughout the prolonged closure period and the public response to these events and exhibitions has been very positive.

“We are also very much aware there is no substitute to watching a live performance, in-person, and sharing this experience with fellow audience members.

“Everyone at PAC is now counting down the days until the doors can reopen and we can welcome customers back to the venue. It's been a very long interval and we can't wait for the second half to begin,” Janet added.

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