Cinema in Manchester and the North

Tom Grieve, Cinema Editor

You might have noticed, but it’s getting warm out there. We’re big proponents of escaping to a cool, air conditioned cinema during the summer months. But increasingly, film lovers are being invited to indulge their passion in the great outdoors.

Pop-up outdoor cinemas are everywhere these days, and why not? Often set in atmospheric locations, these outdoor options are set up for memorable evenings — often with added extras like bars, street food, or as is the case at Kenwood Hall this year, silent discos.

We’ve rounded up a few of the North’s best open-air cinemas. From early season events set in a Peak District cave (perhaps necessary given the northern weather) to films in parks, gardens and epic landmarks.

Of course, that’s not to say we’ve given up on traditional cinema spaces. This month we’re also highlighting a brand new horror film festival with laudable aims, a Godzilla double bill and revival screenings of a couple of our favourite ever flicks.

Our top picks

GASP! Horror Festival at CultPlex

GASP! Horror Festival at Cultplex, Manchester, 17–18 June 2023, from £5.00 - Book now

GASP! Horror Festival arrives in Manchester this June for an inaugural edition dedicated to showcasing diversity in horror.

GASP! Film Festival

MIF23: Jenn Nkiru

Jenn Nkiru, online, 29 June 2023, free entry - Find Out More

Visionary filmmaker Jenn Nkiru turns her attention to Manchester with a brand new short film.

Sight & Sound Top 10/ Beau Travail at Picturehouse at FACT

Beau Travail at FACT, City Centre, 24 June 2023, from £8 - Book now

Recently voted as one of the greatest films ever made,  Claire Denis’ staggering reworking of Herman Melville is one of our favourites too.


Moonlight Flicks at Chester Cathedral

Moonlight Flicks at Chester Cathedral, Cheshire, 14 July–2 September 2023, from £13.50 - Book now

Moonlight Flicks up camp in the picturesque surrounds of Chester Cathedral this summer with a range of films for all the family.

Jurassic Park

The Village Screen Pop-Up Cinema at Kenwood Hall, Sheffield

The Village Screen Pop-Up Cinema at Kenwood Hall at Kenwood Hall Hotel, Sheffield, 24 August–10 September 2023, from £14.00 - Book now

Kenwood Hall hosts its own set of outdoor screenings — with a twist.

The Village Screen

Adventure Cinema at Stanley Park, Blackpool

Adventure Cinema at Stanley Park at Stanley Park Blackpool, Blackpool, 22–24 September 2023, from £15.50 - Book now

Watch the stars under the stars at Blackpool’s Stanley Park this September.

Adventure Cinema

The Bay International Film Festival at Reel Cinema Morecambe

The Bay International Film Festival at Reel Cinema Morecambe, Morecambe, 27–29 October 2023, from £5.00 - Book now

Brand new this year, The Bay International Film Festival is set to delight movie buffs from Morecambe and beyond.

The Bay International Film Festival

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MIF23: Jenn Nkiru

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The Hepworth Wakefield

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