Cinema in Manchester and the North

Tom Grieve, Cinema Editor

It’s getting cold outside and it’s getting festive in our cinemas. Over at HOME this month, why not take a break from the increasingly inclement weather and head indoors for some classic 80s fare — they’ve lined up Christmas movies for everybody, whether you want to watch a bearded man in a big red suit, Bruce Willis taking down some terrorists with an assault rifle, or Gremlins causing general havoc and mischief.

Of course, festive titles take all kind of forms, from the old Hollywood staples, to The Muppets’ take on Victorian literature. This month we’re recommending a trip to Liverpool to catch Sean Baker’s Tangerine — a Christmas Eve odyssey across Los Angeles that’ll blow the cobwebs away.

If you’re looking for something with a little less foul language, then Sheffield’s Showroom have sorted a mini-retrospective dedicated to Japanese master Yasujirō Ozu, that’s sure to delight cinephiles. Talking of retrospectives, we also look ahead to HOME’s complete season of Derek Jarman films. The provocative, pioneering polymath and gay rights activist is a true British original, and we can’t wait to rediscover his cinema early next year.

Here are our picks

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Cinema Until 21 February 2022, FREE

Queer Treatment

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Cinema 19 January 2022 6:30 pm, from £80

Course/ Back to the 1980s at HOME

Why are the 1980s so important in contemporary cinematic culture? HOME’s course explores the historical, industrial and social underpinning of eighties cinema.

Cinema 14 February 2022 2:17 pm, from £10.25

Casablanca at Stockport Plaza

Stockport Plaza transport Valentine’s guests back to the golden age of Hollywood, with dinner, drinks and one of the eternal romances.

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With autumn in full swing, we may be missing the daylight but there are plenty of fantastic exhibitions this month to indulge your senses.

Magical Father Christmas Experience at Wythenshawe Hall


Christmas is just around the corner and we can almost smell those delicious mince pies, as we round up some of the best family activities and fun days out taking place across Manchester and the North throughout the festive season. 

Writer and musician Anthony Joseph. Image: Bunny Bread/@icreatenotdestroy


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Manchester’s music scene in on glorious form as we head into winter, with artists and audiences reconnecting in ecstatic style. Here are our highlights from the city’s chock-a-block gig calendar.

Bree Smith (Glinda) in The Wiz at Hope Mill Theatre. Theatre in Manchester.


All-sung comedy thrillers, joyous musicals and our pick of the pantos. Our theatre guide spans the festive season and beyond.

Classical Music in Manchester and the North

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

Embankment Kitchen

Food and Drink in Manchester and the North

We’re cramming two seasons of festive cheer into one as we present our top Christmas menus and cocktail lists in Manchester and the North.

Tours and Activities

There is plenty to make, see and do in the winter months. This month’s top picks include soul-warming folk clubs, clay workshops and jewellery making.

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Cinema Until 21 February 2022, FREE

Queer Treatment

Peter Pan at Bolton Octagon
Theatre Until 9 January 2022, from £15.00

Peter Pan at Bolton Octagon

Silcock's Winter Wonderland at EventCity
Childrens Until 2 January 2022, from £0.00

Silcock’s Winter Wonderland at EventCity

Beauty & The Beast at The Dukes
Families Until 31 December 2021, from £16.00

Beauty & The Beast at The Dukes