Cinema in Manchester and the North

Tom Grieve, Cinema Editor

How about a movie date this Valentine’s? No matter if you’re coupled up, looking to impress or want to check out a film with a friend, there’s plenty going on this February.

From Cultplex’s showing of Tony Scott and Quentin Tarantino’s slick pop-thriller, True Romance to black and white classics such as David Lean’s heartbreaking Brief Encounter at Stockport Plaza, or Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck in the frothy Roman Holiday at HOME.

There’s also an intriguing line up at Showroom this February, as a group of young film curators present the BFI Academy Young Film Programmer Season featuring gems from Jim Carey, Celine Sciamma and Wes Anderson.

Looking further ahead, we’re looking forward to the return of ¡Viva! Spanish & Latin American Festival, with a sneak preview of the festival line up. While there’s the tantalising prospect of the reopening of Leeds’ refurbished Hyde Park Picture House also on the horizon.

Here are our picks

Culture Guides


The world of art and exhibitions never quite stops, so we have lots of new shows to look forward to at the start of 2023.

The Spongebob Musical at the Manchester Opera House


New year, new start, and what better way to welcome in 2023 than by planning and experiencing all sorts of exciting family events in Manchester and the North?

Gwendoline Riley. Photo by Adrian Lourie


From local writing to international talent, we have heaps of online launches and in real life readings not to mention some extra special festival events coming our way in live literature land.


More brilliant gigs appear on the horizon as we inch further into 2023.

Theatre in Manchester and the North


Queer Contact Festival, stunning physical theatre and intimate in-the-round performance top our eclectic list of drama, comedy and dance this month.

Classical Music

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

Food and Drink

Start 2023 as you mean to go on, with the best restaurants and bars in Manchester and the North.

Tours and Activities

New years are for new experiences, and we have a whole lot of ideas to inspire you as 2023 gets underway.