Cinema in Manchester and the North

Tom Grieve, Cinema Editor

It might be summertime but given the weather lately you might find yourself in need of some indoor entertainment. Whilst the multiplex fare is looking particularly uninspiring this year, the independent cinemas and screening spaces of Manchester and the North have a whole host of interesting new releases, special one-off screenings and retrospectives to see you through.

As always HOME have it all. The Manchester arts centre lead the way with all the latest independent and art house films, including the excellent Transit and Quentin Tarantino’s much-feted Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood. Still showing from MIF19 is a season of David Lynch films — make sure you make time for the accompanying exhibition — while at the time of writing there are a precious few screenings left in the Pop Stars on Film season.

Looking further ahead, HOME’s annual dedication to Indian independent cinema, ‘Not Just Bollywood’, remains a crucial fixture in Manchester’s film calendar, this year crossing over with ‘Celebrating Women in Global Cinema’ — a year long programme of films showcasing women working in front and behind the camera.

In Liverpool, two distinguished institutions join forces to celebrate a big anniversary. Popular film magazine EMPIRE and cinema-chain Picturehouse both hit thirty and they’ve decided to look back at the past three decades in movies with a season that incorporates work by the likes of Steven Spielberg, Paul Thomas Anderson and Martin Scorsese.

There’s plenty more going on of course, read on to find out our cinemas highlights for the months ahead.

Here are our picks

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Activity 20 October 2018–31 December 2019, FREE

Documentary Challenge at IWM North

Make and feature in your own mini-documentary at IWM North.

Cinema 13–29 August 2019, from £9

Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood at HOME

Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood visits 1969 Los Angeles, where everything is changing, as TV star Rick Dalton (DiCaprio, The Revenant) and his long-time stunt double Cliff Booth (Pitt) make their way around an industry they hardly recognise anymore.

Cinema 18–21 August 2019, from £5.50

MIF19: Blue Velvet at HOME

When a clean-cut young man discovers a severed human ear in the grass, his quest to solve the grisly mystery leads him into the terrifying underworld of his own town.

Cinema 22 August 2019, from £5.50

MIF19: Lost Highway at HOME

Lynch travels the weird back roads of America in a tense thriller, clearly influenced by the works of Hitchcock and involving a mythical LA, a blonde and a brunette (both played by the same actress) and strange musings on identity and dreams.

Cinema 23 August 2019, from £5.50

MIF19: The Straight Story + Introduction at HOME

This Fri 23 Aug, 18:00 screening of The Straight Story will be introduced by Jason Wood, Creative Director: Film and Culture at HOME.

Cinema 24 August 2019, from £5.50

MIF19: Mulholland Drive + Introduction at HOME

This 20:00 screening of Mulholland Drive on sat 24 Aug will be introduced by Sarah Perks, curator David Lynch: My Head Is Disconnected.

Cinema 25 August 2019, from £5.50


This sprawling Hollywood nightmare takes the perspective of an out-of-favour actress (Dern) as a launching pad for a surreal trip through the streets of Tinseltown, the Polish underworld, a rabbit sitcom and back again.

Screen shot from the film of the BFG by Roald Dahl, showing head and shoulders of the BFG looming over Sophie
Cinema 13 September 2019, FREE

The BFG – Film Club Screening at Z-arts

Join 10 year old Sophie on the journey of a life time in this free screening of one Roald Dahl’s best loved stories.

Cinema 13 September 2019, from £5.50

MIF19: The Wizard of Oz + Introduction at HOME

This screening will be introduced by Dr Kirsty Fairclough, Associate Dean, School of Arts and Media, University of Salford.

Culture Guides

Christina Quarles at The Hepworth Wakefield


Like the 58th Venice Biennale which opened earlier this May, our latest pick of exhibitions across the north also has a strong ecological bent.

Digital Dimensions at Eureka! Children playing in digital dimensions with light pillars


All the most creative experiences for your family; inside, outside and in to space! The best family things to do in Manchester and the North.

Guy Garvey


August is quiet, but the books are back in September with one-off reading events, some much-anticipated launches and the return of the Northern Lights Writers’ Conference as we gear up for Manchester Literature Festival in October.


Get ready for some massive shows in Manchester and the north this summer!

Theatre in Manchester


We’re gearing up for the new theatre season – our guide this month features all the best performances happening now and over the next few weeks.

Food and Drink in Manchester and the North

Discover the best food and drink that the North has to offer in our expert guide to food and drink in Manchester and beyond.

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Tours and Activities

Challenge yourself to try something different this summer with our guide of Manchester based Tours and Activities. You’re bound to find something new to do in the city.

Things to do right now

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MIF19 David Lynch at HOME Manchester International Festival
Cinema 6 July–29 September 2019, FREE

MIF19: David Lynch at HOME

Cinema 11 August–1 September 2019, from £8

EMPIRE 30 at FACT, Liverpool

Activity 20 October 2018–31 December 2019, FREE

Documentary Challenge at IWM North

Cinema 1 January–31 December 2019, from £5.50

Celebrating Women in Global Cinema at HOME

Cinema 18–21 August 2019, from £5.50

MIF19: Blue Velvet at HOME