Cinema in Manchester and the North

Tom Grieve, Cinema Editor

It’s December and the cinemas and screening spaces of Manchester and the North have a sleigh-load of Christmassy programming to help you get in the spirit. Our picks include HOME’s A Very 80s Christmas season – which combines festive classics with some of the best blockbusters of the 80s – and Pilot Light TV Festival’s indulgent dollop of Christmas television episodes.

Away from Christmas, the world goes on. Sustained Theatre Up North present Fade to Black, a vital season of films, which could not be more timely. Meanwhile the team behind Screened/ Mcr present the cheekily titled Screened/ Silent Night at Texture.

Here are our top 5 picks

  • 1. A Very 80s Christmas at HOME

    A Very 80s Christmas
    Scrooged, 1988

    A Very 80s Christmas at HOME, Manchester, 09–22 December 2016 , from £7.00 - Book now

    This December, HOME are celebrating some of the most adventurous, enduring films of the decade with a festive season entitled: A Very 80s Christmas. Packed full of endlessly watchable classics and cult favourites, these are films to relax into and, perhaps, to introduce to a new generation.

  • 2. Film Season: Fade To Black – Generations

    Film Season: Fade To Black – Generations
    Image courtesy of STUN

    Film Season: Fade To Black – Generations at Z-arts, Manchester, 25 November–09 December 2016 , from £5.00 - Book now

    STUN (Sustained Theatre Up North) provide a series of politically engaged films which chronicle changing race relations. Presented in light of recent events, this season provides a vital opportunity to discuss and examine issues of race in the current political climate.

  • 3. Screened/ Silent Night: The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari with live accompaniment

    Image courtesy of Kino Lorber
    Image courtesy of Kino Lorber.

    Screened/ Silent Film: The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari with live accompaniment at Texture Manchester, 14 December 2016, from £7.50 - Book now

    Screened/ MCR host a special, festive evening in celebration of silent cinema. There will be a screening of The Cabinet of Dr. Calgari, silent shorts, speakers and a live accompainment.

  • 4. Film Season: I’m Too Happy

    Feed Me - Image courtesy of Rachel Maclean
    Feed Me - Image courtesy of HOME

    Film Season: I’m Too Happy at HOME, Manchester, 03–13 December 2016 , from £7.00 - Book now

    HOME accompany Wot u 🙂 about?, their exhibition of Rachel Maclean’s unsettling, rainbow-dipped work, with a season of films that digs into the artist’s influences and cinematic affinities.

  • 5. Pilot Light’s Christmas US Sitcom Special!

    Image courtesy of PLTV Fest

    Pilot Light’s Christmas US Sitcom Special! at Manchester Central Library, Manchester, 15 December 2016, from £2.00 - Book now

    This December at Central Library, PLTV Fest invite you to gather your nearest and dearest for an evening composed of five back-to-back Christmas-episodes from some of the biggest sitcoms from the US of A.

Culture Guides

Intervention 15 by Edward Krasinski


100 artists feature in an exhibition celebrating the Bluecoat’s 300th anniversary, Edward Krasinksy is a surprise hit at Tate Liverpool and Manchester Museum looks at a world without bees. Our top exhibitions in Manchester and the North.

Credit Karen Wright


It may be blinkin cold but The Whitworth’s Frost Fair will warm your cockles, as will some tip top theatrical family classics – but not as you know ’em.



Plenty of festive fun, including some seasonal storytelling in Manchester and Liverpool, then much to add to your lily-white 2017 diary…

La Vie Parisienne


As the days get shorter, Manchester’s music calendar gets busier – with the city’s music venues burst from the seams with live music for you to enjoy.



We’re breaking this month’s theatre picks into grit and glam. Glam because it’s the season of shiny, sparkly things, ­and grit because, well, we’re Northern after all.

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Edward Krasiński
Exhibitions 21 October 2016–05 March 2017 , from £6.00

Edward Krasinski at Tate Liverpool

Not for Navigation
Exhibitions 07 December 2016–24 February 2017 , FREE

Not for Navigation at The International 3

Exhibitions 24 November–21 December 2016 , FREE

Tim Isherwood: Please Use The Intercom

La Vie Parisienne
Music 07–17 December 2016 , from £21.00

La Vie Parisienne

After The Bees
Exhibitions 16 November 2016–01 July 2017 , FREE

After The Bees at Manchester Museum