O2 Academy Bournemouth originally opened as The Grand Pavilion Theatre in 1895 with various incarnations over the years. It was first used as a circus, and in 1899 became The Boscombe Grand Theatre for its music hall days and The Boscombe Hippodrome several years later. In recent times it has converted to a dance hall, a Royal Ballroom and was a renowned venue for the disco era of the 70s, club acts of the 80s and the dance explosion of the 90s. A Grade II listed building, in more recent times, it changed to the Opera House and still boasts a magnificent interior with period features, including the proscenium arch, art-deco styling and ornate steel work. The main auditorium is the heart of the venue. A stunning theatre, there are three levels for seating, plus royal boxes and booths
Call Box Office Manager on 01202 399922 between 11am - 5:30pm Monday - Friday or 12pm - 4pm on Saturdays or firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss arrangements and organise your companion ticket should one be required.
You can also contact the box office through text relay by 18002 01202 399922 should this be required.
Once you have been in contact with the venue you will be sent an email confirmation that should be printed off and brought with you when you attend the event.
Spaces may be limited and will be sold on a first come first served basis.
Companion / Carer Ticket
This venue offers one free companion ticket this can be booked by contacting the venue directly. These can be limited in availability so please ensure you contact the venue as soon as possible to arrange.
Companion / carer ticket holders should be able to meet the needs and assist the person they are accompanying in the event of an emergency.
Braille information sheets are available on request please email email@example.com or call 01202 399922
Arriving at the Venue
We recommend arriving at the venue 10 - 15 minutes prior to the doors opening. The door time will be stated on the tickets or confirmations. Please try to arrive at the venue no later than 60 minutes after the doors open.
On arrival please go to the Box Office with confirmation email.
Accessible Area & Facilities
Entry to the venue is via the front doors and is level access. On arrival the box office is just inside the front doors and has level access through to the main auditorium. There are two areas at O2 Academy Bournemouth for disabled patrons:
Ground Floor - the ground floor has level access from the entrance and will be made on a show by show basis to suit customer needs.
Dress Circle - there is an area located in the Dress Circle which is accessed by stairs. The area can accommodate up to approximately 15 people
There is 1 accessible toilet on the Ground Floor this is accessed by a radar key.
The venue does not have lowered sections at the Bars. If assistance is required please ask for a member of security or Management who will get a supervisor to bring your drinks / take orders.
The Box Office inside the venue is at an accessible height and has an induction loop.
Merchandise is located on the ground floor in an accessible location. Staff are always happy to assist
Transport & Other Local Information
The Nearest railway station is Bournemouth Station and this is accessible.
Local parking is located at Hawkwood Road, this is accessible.
The Nearest bus station is Boscombe Bus station which is approximately 500 meters from the venue
Details of nearby accessible hotels, bars and restaurants can be found on this website. www.directenquiries.com