Chapel Arts Centre
St.James’s Memorial Hall Lower Borough Walls , Bath , BA1 1QRMENU
Chapel Arts Centre, formerly known variously as The Central Club, then Window Arts Centre and more recently, Invention Studios, re-opened over eight years ago with a lot more than a new name. It is now firmly established as Bath’s alternative arts venue, presenting as wide a range of the performing arts as possible, including music of all kinds (except the very loud!), theatre, dance, comedy, film, mime, poetry and multimedia combinations of all the above and more. The well kitted out venue holds 200 people standing, 150 seated theatre style and 105 seated at cabaret style tables. They have a superb, solid and smooth oak wood floor, a state-of-the-art lighting system and truss, and the fantastic natural acoustic of the room, which is augmented by an excellent sound system with a professional 28:8:2 channel Soundcraft mixing desk with more outboard than you could shake a stick at.
There is now a permanent and well stocked bar with many local and organic drinks and a choice of excellent wines, and the Sky Blue Cafe area downstairs has been fully refurbished and serves tasty and wholesome vegan food.
Wheelchairs are admitted into the venue, but only if the customer is able to walk up the 10 wide stone steps with handrail. Once the stone steps have been navigated, there are 3 sets of double doors which are wide enough for wheelchair access and the Auditorium is on this level.
Toilets are down two flights of steps however there is a disabled toilet directly over the road at The Lamb & Lion Pub with 2 stone steps to navigate at the entrance. The Lamb & Lion are very happy for Chapel Arts customers to use their facility.
Chapel Arts Centre is in the very heart of Bath city centre, on Lower Borough Walls, just off the Union Street/Stall Street shopping spine (close to Southgate Shopping Centre & near where the Roman Bath/Pump Rooms are located). It is less than a 5 minute level walk to Bath Spa Train Station and the Bath Bus Station.
The nearest car parks are Avon Street Car Park and Southgate Car Park. There is limited curb side metered parking on St James Parade and a small number of disabled parking spaces immediately outside the venue but there are plenty of other onstreet parking spaces nearby, which are free after 7pm. For parking at Southgate Shopping Centre, key postcode BA1 1TP in your satnav or click on the link below. Parking is £2.00 after 6.00pm until midnight. The last train from Bath Spa to Bristol Temple Meads is 01.07am at the weekend and 01.15am during the week.