Cinema in Manchester and the North

Tom Grieve, Cinema Editor

February brings a selection of Valentine’s screenings to suit all tastes. The Village Screen takeover at Victoria Baths is the one for those of you looking to impress. The magnificent Edwardian water palace will be transformed into a pop-up cinema, with first rate street food and drinks. Meanwhile, HOME present a preview screening of Céline Sciamma’s Portrait of a Lady on Fire. Set in Brittany, France 1770, Sciamma’s film won the Queer Palm and Best Screenplay at last year’s Cannes Film Festival. It is both a breathtaking romance and a fascinating dissection of the optics of desire. Finally, if you’re looking for something a little more downbeat, The Talleyrand have a double-bill that is inspired, and a bit bonkers.

Away from V-Day, Grimmfest have an all-day tribute to horror icon Tobe Hooper that is decidedly non-romantic. In Sheffield, celluloid fanatics will want to get over to The Abbeydale Picture House for the Reel Steel Cult Weekender, which features everything from Robocop to Studio Ghibli classics, with a number of films screening from 35mm prints. February is also the culmination of Oscar season, that period when studios release works designed to appeal to Academy voters. We’ve included some of our most anticipated titles below, but for those of you looking to watch the ceremony itself, you’ll want to book for Make A Scene’s special event.

Here are our picks

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Cinema 3 February 2020 6:00 pm, from £9.50

Preview/ Parasite + Satellite Q&A at HOME

Winner of the Palme d’Or, as well as top Golden Globe nominations including best director, foreign-language film and screenplay this special preview screening will be followed by a satellite Q&A with director Bong Joon Ho.

Cinema 12 February 2020 6:00 pm, from £6.90

Videodrome at Showroom, Sheffield

As the president of a trashy TV channel, Max Renn is desperate for new programming to attract viewers. When he happens upon ‘Videodrome’, a TV show dedicated to gratuitous torture and punishment, Max sees a potential hit.

Derek Jarman PROTEST! exhibition at Manchester Art Gallery
Cinema 2 April–31 August 2020, FREE

Derek Jarman: PROTEST! at Manchester Art Gallery

Derek Jarman: PROTEST! is a major retrospective of one of the most influential figures in 20th century British culture including many works which have never been seen in public before.

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.

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

Suzanne Lacy: We Are Here at Manchester Art Gallery and the Whitworth


Power and conflict, rock and reggae, and rebellious acts by the over 60s all feature in this month’s pick of exhibitions from across the north.

Half term fun - Young girl sat next to the tiger as part of the The Tiger who came to tea and the adventures of mog the forgetful cat exhibition


Check out our top picks for Families this month. Whether it’s art, music, theatre, science, crafts or insects (!) you’re after, we’ve got you covered…

Poet Jane Yeh. Photo by Andy Forest.


Our shiny new diaries are filling up fast as details of prize-giving galas, poetry and prose launches, and some old favourites announce dates and details.


Eyeing up Manchester’s gig calendar, we’re spoilt for choice this New Year! Read our top picks for the coming months.

Theatre in Manchester


Turn On Fest at Hope Mill Theatre and PUSH Festival at HOME are amongst our top picks of theatre in Manchester and the North this January.

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

Looking to eat some of the North’s finest food in January 2020? Kick the decade off with our guide to all things to eat and drink in Manchester and beyond.

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Tours and Activities

Start the decade with a new experience and take inspiration from our January Tours and Activities guide.