Where to watch: a guide to Manchester cinemas
With the lockdown easing, we finally have the chance to tear ourselves away from Netflix and our TVs and return to the movies. However, with that comes some anxiety. Where to go? What to watch? Popcorn or pick ‘n’ mix? Big questions for a big occasion.
Our work at La Mancunion is to alleviate that stress. Here we have a comprehensive list of some of Manchester’s best cinemas. Whether you want the biggest blockbusters, the golden oldies or the latest independent releases, there is something for everyone.
Did you say the cultural center of Manchester? HOME is as dynamic as it is elegant. A modern center for art, music, cinema and history, HOME is worth a visit, even for a bite to eat. Two years ago it hosted a fantastic exhibition of artwork by David Lynch and has continued in that vein since its reopening. Showing everything from new releases and classic reruns to the most recent independent shorts. HOME’s student discount makes it an accessible and rewarding cinema to visit.
The ‘local’ place for many moviegoers, Printworks’ £ 4.99 ticket price attracts budget students from all over Manchester. Comprised of 23 cinemas, a labyrinthine central escalator system and the only IMAX screen in the city center, the Vue is a must-have for any Mancunion reader. Combine that with the multitude of bars and restaurants surrounding it, and you have the perfect viewing experience.
ODEON Far North
Another huge multiplex cinema, the ODEON, located in the former Great Northern Warehouse in Deansgate, is now a revamped movie paradise. It shows the latest blockbusters but also has a more alternative history as the host of many Manchester film festivals. The cinema will soon prepare the next one Grimmfest, the city’s October horror festival. You can buy tickets for this online NOW.
Chapeltown Photo House
Just north of downtown is a discreet red brick warehouse. Inside, a small screen only shows cult classics and older films. Founded in 2019 and touting itself as “Manchester’s home of cult movies, video games and cool nerd stuff”, Chapeltown Picture House is a gold mine for student film buffs. Cheap tickets, craft beer, and screenings not found anywhere else in the city are worth the trip.
The finest cinema in the Manchester area, the Plaza’s original Art Deco interior has been restored to its former glory. Going there is like being transported to the 1930s, as the multitude of live events and independent film screenings make a visit an unusual necessity. If you like older movies, this is the place!
Ducie Street warehouse
Another mixed hub, Ducie Street Warehouse hosts live music and lectures, offers tasty food and drink and, most importantly, a luxuriously comfortable cinema. Located next to the Gay Village, it’s easily accessible and a great place to treat yourself (or someone else) one night. Showing a range of older films, it is currently Manchester’s only screening venue Apocalypse now or, if you want something slightly lighter, Dirty dance.
Combining old reruns and the latest movies, Cineworld has it all. Budget-friendly tickets, along with a cheap membership that gets you free access to any movie, means this movie monster isn’t just local, but a great place for student film buffs. Oh, and there is a Starbucks!