Launched in September 2012 after a comprehensive refurbishment the facility, which is jointly managed by Buxton Opera House and Pavilion Gardens, offers a prestigious environment to host all types of events. Originally opened as The Entertainment Stage in 1889, and latterly known as the Paxton Suite, the renovations have painstakingly retained many of the early Victorian features complemented by a new contemporary design. The venue is now the home of Buxton Cinema (managed by Buxton Opera House) which showcases the latest film releases throughout the year and has all the cinematic thrills and frills you’d expect from your local cinema.

The main room has 360 seats (comprising of 78 moveable, 140 retractable each with a writing tablet and 142 balcony) and the Studio Theatre has 93 seats (of which 58 are retractable). With large open floor areas, the venue can accommodate a variety of activities and events including lecture style presentations, exhibitions, meetings, conferences, social events, weddings and functions.

There is a fully functional bar with a spacious reception area featuring small sections of ancillary soft seating.

The ingenious design of the Pavilion Arts Centre allows for dual events to take place simultaneously, using both the Studio Theatre and Main Auditorium space. Using this venue means you can access state of the art visual, lighting, sound and communication equipment to support your event.

Our remotely-operated lighting system is highly advanced and is purpose designed to function within a working theatre. The sound and communications facilities are outstanding and provide modern user friendly technology to support live and recorded music, spoken word and web interface.

Linked to flexible laptop connection points, the video projection system projects images and video onto a (4100mm w. by 3000mm h.) electronic roller screen located above the main stage and centrally positioned for clear viewing from the main room, which is ideal for lectures, training courses and conferences.

Our main technical features include;

Infra-Red 2-channel hearing system

Induction Loop Hearing Assist System

Video Projector (Complete with interface electronics for signal over Cat 5e)

DVD Player

Remote Projection Screen (4100mm wide / 3000mm height)

Portable Lectern

Data connections points



Sound mixing system

Comprehensive theatre lighting

Extensive catering facilities are available within the main Pavilion Gardens building and we can also provide many food and drink options to complement your booking in the Pavilion Arts Centre. Your booking will be supported by a dedicated team of friendly professionals with decades of experience. We will be constantly on hand to ensure your event runs like clockwork.

For more information, to discuss delegate rates or to book, please contact us

Room Name The Pavilion Arts Centre The Studio The Pavilion Arts Centre Bar
Floor Style Max Capacity Mac Capacity Max Capacity
Theatre 340 93 40
Classroom 60 27 20
Boardroom 60 42 21
U Shape 45 34 21
Lunch/Dinner 100 NA NA
Dinner & Dance 80 NA NA
Standing 300 100 50

Buxton Opera House

Contact us today on: 01298 23114

Business Hours

  • Monday - Friday   09.30am - 5pm
  • Saturday - Sunday   09.30am - 5pm
  • *See opening times for our full opening hours  

About Us

The Pavilion Gardens is a beautiful historic venue dating back to 1871 which superbly shows off the Victorian splendour of Buxton. Set within 23-acres of magnificent landscaped gardens and play areas the venue provides the perfect setting for fun and relaxing family days out, with great food and drink, shopping and over 100 events and festivals throughout the year.

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Pavilion Gardens St John's Road Buxton Derbyshire SK17 6BE