Alban Arena in St Albans to close for two weeks

PUBLISHED: 14:42 06 August 2015 | UPDATED: 15:01 06 August 2015

Mr Holmes

Mr Holmes


The Alban Arena in St Albans will close next week for its annual August ‘spring clean’.


The Arena will be shutting its doors for two weeks, in order to clean, repaint and refresh the theatre, ready for the new season.

It will be closed from Monday, August 10, and reopens on Monday, August 24.

During this period, the box office phone lines on 01727 844488 will be open from 10am to 3pm Monday to Friday only.

Tickets can also be purchased 24 hours a day, seven days a week, from The Alban Arena website at

The new season kicks-off with a week-long run of fantastic films, starting with Mr Holmes (PG) on Tuesday, August 25 at 7.30pm, Wednesday, August 26 at 1.30pm and Thursday, August 27 at 7.30pm.

Starring Sir Ian McKellan as the famous detective, scenes of Mr Holmes were shot in the grounds of Hatfield House.

It’s 1947 and an ageing Sherlock Holmes returns from a journey to Japan, where, in search of a rare plant with powerful restorative qualities, he has witnessed the devastation of nuclear warfare.

Now, in his remote seaside farmhouse, Holmes faces the end of his days tending to his bees, with only the company of his housekeeper and her young son, Roger.

Grappling with the diminishing powers of his mind, Holmes comes to rely upon the boy as he revisits the circumstances of the unsolved case that forced him into retirement, and searches for answers to the mysteries of life and love – before it’s too late.

The Alban Arena will also be screening Escobar: Paradise Lost (15) on Wednesday, August 26 at 7.30pm and Thursday, August 27 at 1.30pm.

Children’s hit Minions (U) is showing on Friday, August 28 at 11am and 2.30pm.

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