Cinema in Manchester and the North

Tom Grieve, Cinema Editor

Cinemas are closed right now. We’ll be back front and centre when they reopen but in the meantime we’ll have to resort to the small screen.

Independent venues and distributors will need any help they can get, so read on for a short selection of streaming films and ways in which you can support cinemas through their temporary closure.

Here are our picks

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Cinema Until 30 April 2020, FREE

NT Live: Twelfth Night watch online

Tune in to National Theatre Live’s YouTube channel to see the brilliant Tamsin Greig as Malvolia in a new twist on Shakespeare’s classic comedy of mistaken identity.

Derek Jarman PROTEST! exhibition at Manchester Art Gallery
Cinema Until 31 August 2020, FREE

Derek Jarman: PROTEST! at Manchester Art Gallery

Manchester Art Gallery presents the UK edition of PROTEST! – a major retrospective dedicated to the life and work of the iconic British artist Derek Jarman.

Cinema 23 April 2020 5:00 pm, FREE

DNA Day Screening: Jurassic Park at Manchester Museum

Come experience Steven Spielberg’s classic Jurassic Park in the atmospheric surrounds of Manchester Museum’s fossil gallery.

Cinema 1 May 2020 7:30 pm, from £9.25

The Adventures of Robin Hood at Stockport Plaza

The Adventures of Robin Hood remains a perfect introduction to classic cinema.

Cinema 7–10 May 2020, FREE

Pilot Light TV Festival Season 5 at HOME

Manchester’s TV festival is dedicated to producing an inclusive, communal TV experience where fans and industry can come together to celebrate the past, present and future of television.

Hinterlands Film Festival
Cinema 14–17 May 2020, from £6.5

Hinterlands Film Festival, Skipton

Hinterlands International Rural Film Festival celebrates rural film in dramatic ways across the landscapes of the Lakes and Dales.

Cinema 7–11 October 2020, from £20.00

Grimmfest at Odeon Great Northern

One of the top genre film festivals in the World, Manchester’s annual festival of horror, cult and fantastic film returns to Odeon, Great Northern this October.

Culture Guides

Phoebe Davies: Points of Rupture at Site Gallery in Sheffield


Art and women’s wrestling, Ancient Akkadian gravesites and invented artefacts – check out this month’s pick of exhibitions from across the north.

The elves and the shoemaker. Two green puppets with a male and female actor either side of them.


Need some inspiration for fun and creative family days out? Look no further than our top picks for families across Manchester and the north.

Carcanet exhibition: Carcanet poets Michael Schmidt and Michael Symmons Roberts.


News of books just out and books worth revisiting, even if you can’t get to the events yourself. Plus a fabulous new exhibition about independent publisher Carcanet, on for the next six months…


Discover the best live music coming up in Manchester and the north this spring and, dare we say it, summer!

Theatre in Manchester


Bringing opera, dance, fierce experimental performance and new writing, there’s much to enjoy in our guide to the best theatre in Manchester and the North.

Classical Music in Manchester and the North

We preview the standout classical music events and venues in Manchester.

Food and Drink in Manchester and the North

It’s time to find the best restaurants for the weeks ahead. Here’s our guide to the best Food and Drink in Manchester and the North

tours and activities

Tours and Activities

Expect thrills, informative discussion, politically charged tours and wobbly towns in this month’s guide of Tours and Activities.

Because of the ongoing Coronavirus crisis, we are unable to bring you our usual recommendations for things to do in Manchester and the North. Our thoughts at this time are with our readers and with the organisations and businesses who make the North of England a great place to live and visit. We hope you stay well and look forward to sharing more unmissable events and places with you later in the year.

Here’s our guide to supporting organisations in Manchester and the North.

Please note – many of the venues on our site will be closed and events either postponed or cancelled. Please check the venue website for details.