Victoria Baths is getting a Halloween makeover at the end of the month as popular purveyors of pop-up cinema The Village Screen arrive in Manchester. The Victorian water palace already has atmosphere in spades and we’re promised that it’ll be transformed into a poltergeist’s paradise as film fans arrive for a pair of immersive horror screenings at the end of the month.
Not one for the faint of heart, Halloween night is reserved for James Wan’s original 2013 The Conjuring. It is a film that has spawned it’s own universe, with creepy dolls, demonic nuns and all manner of horrific thrills emerging across myriad sequels and spin offs. Wan’s movie is where it all started though — an sturdy old-school horror adaptation of the true story of two paranormal investigators summoned to help a family being terrorised out at a secluded farmhouse.
If you haven’t been to see a film at Victoria Baths before then you’re in for a treat. Seating is either on deckchairs inside the Gala Pool or up on the balconies, with a big screen set up above the deep end. Ahead of the film, there will be a selection of fantastic local street food vendors and, of course, a pop-up bar serving themed cocktails, wine, fizz, Thornbridge beers and hot drinks. The Village Screen DJ will be on hand too, so you can have a pre-show bop along to the Monster Mash.
If you’re not quite brave enough for The Conjuring, then Tim Burton’s horror comedy Beetlejuice is screening the following night on Friday 1 November.