The 1532 Performing Arts Centre is a new venue, located in central Bristol. Opened in September 2016, the centre houses the state-of-the-art MacKinnon Theatre which can seat up to 320 audience members, plus a dance studio, drama studio and recital hall, all of which are available to hire.
Located just off Clifton Triangle, 1532 is part of Bristol Grammar School. As well as hosting productions and performances by Bristol Grammar School students, 1532 offers a high quality programme featuring professional local and touring companies and encompassing a wide variety of genres. Plays, family-friendly and children’s theatre performances, talks, music, dance, comedy and more can all be accommodated at the venue. There is also a spacious foyer and licensed bar serving refreshments before the show begins and during the interval.
If you'd like to hire any of our spaces, you can find more details on our Hire page, or get in touch on 0117 259 1532.
We look forward to welcoming you to 1532.
A versatile auditorium with retractable seating for between 245-320 audience members which can accommodate a range of stage layouts. Top of the range sound equipment and an exclusively LED lighting rig provide a professional edge to any production.Hire the Theatre
This stunning recital hall has excellent acoustics and can seat 80-100 audience members, including on a balcony level. Attached to The Mackay is a recording studio and a band practice room.Hire The Mackay
With floor-to-ceiling windows offering a panoramic view over the School site, this large, sprung-floor studio provides an ideal space for dance rehearsals and lessons.Hire the Dance Studio
A generous space that can be blacked out completely and uses traditional lighting fixtures. This room is ideal for smaller, fringe-style performances and as a rehearsal space. There is a spacious foyer with a bar, which could be used as an art gallery.Hire the Drama Studio
All the events on our What's On pages are open to the public and tickets can be purchased online. If you are attending an event at 1532, there is plenty of on street parking in the surrounding areas (currently the metered spaces are free in the evening, check individual machines as charging hours vary). Alternatively, we are just a short walk from the West End (approx. 6 minutes) and Trenchard Street (approx. 8 minutes) car parks.