Little bit more for thriving Viva bar

Inside Viva's new extension
Inside Viva's new extension
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Less than 12 months after a vacant town centre bingo hall was transformed into a large cabaret suite, the directors of VIVA Blackpool are raising a toast to the launch of the second phase of the project.

Nestling alongside the 632 capacity showbar venue created in the former mecca Bingo premises above Harry Ramsdens on the Promenade, is a new small show and events space.

The owners say it is aimed at private events, parties and performances in a VIP bar style space called The Round Room.

Show host and director Leye D Johns said: “It’s a proud moment for us, perhaps even more so than our first opening night at the venue - we were almost ready to drop with exhaustion that time around!

“This time we certainly managed to enjoy a series occasions to mark the opening with our first three events including the opening night of the Comedy Station, an Up Close and Personal performance to just 100 people with Joe Longthorne and the weekend launch of our souvenir charity programme with a VIP reception in the new space.”

Fellow director Martin Heywood said: “We’ve wanted to get this up and running since opening in August.

“It’s something we’re constantly getting enquiries about and with our packed show schedule in the main room it’s sometimes difficult to host a private party – with this new room now here and ready to host events up to 120 guests it’s the perfect size for smaller celebratory events.”

The room has the same purple colour scheme as the main room plus black and white images of Blackpool’s past adorning the walls.

It has a mood lighting system to create colour themes to suit different occasions.

Martin Heywood added: “This represents the faith we have in Blackpool to turn the corner and re-establish itself as a quality destination.”

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