Cinemas in Manchester

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Whether you’re looking for a the latest blockbuster, that hot arthouse flick fresh from Cannes or a cosy afternoon with a classic, there’s no shortage of cinema screens ready to cater to Manchester’s film fans. Venue-wise, Manchester has everything from bespoke arthouses to huge multiplexes and historic picturehouses — each with their own distinctive programmes. Throughout the year, cinemagoers can expect to find a range of festivals and events, including Grimmfest, Manchester Film Festival, ¡Viva! Festival of Spanish and Latin American cinema and the new Pilot Light TV Festival.

Here are our picks

  • 1. HOME Manchester

    Paul Karalius

    HOME Manchester, 2 Tony Wilson Place, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M15 4FN - Visit now

    HOME’s showcases the best in contemporary and classic cinema across its five purpose-built screens – it’s rare you’ll see something sub-par here. The accompanying programme of talks, Q&As and live film scores is also excellent.

  • 2. Cineworld Didsbury

    Cineworld ententertainment center Parrs Wood Didsbury
    Mikey via Flickr

    Cineworld Didsbury, Parrs Wood Entertainment Centre, Wilmslow Rd, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M20 5PG - Visit now

    With only 11 screens (only!), this is one of the smaller multiplexes in Greater Manchester – but its advantage is its location in the lush surrounds of Didsbury, not far from a roster of good bars, cafés and restaurants.

  • 3. Stockport Plaza Cinema

    Stockport Plaza Cinema, Mersey Square, Stockport, Greater Manchester, SK1 1SP - Visit now

    Stockport Plaza is an Art Deco gem dating back to 1932 and painstakingly restored to the condition it was in on opening day. It now hosts films, theatre, comedy and more in stunning surrounds, as well as having a highly-rated café.

  • 4. Vue Manchester Printworks

    Vue Printworks Manchester

    Vue Manchester Printworks, The Printworks, 29 Withy Grove, Manchester, M4 2BS - Visit now

    A straight-up multiplex here, Vue Manchester Printworks is comfortably the biggest cinema in the city with 23 screens – including one huge 70mm capable IMAX. Sometimes all you need is popcorn and a blockbuster.

  • 5. Odeon Great Northern

    Odeon Great Northern
    Bill Boaden

    Odeon Great Northern, 235 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 4EN - Visit now

    Opened in 2001, this huge American-style multiplex cinema in Manchester’s Great Northern Warehouse boasts 16 screens and over 3,000 seats. The Deansgate location means that there are plenty of upmarket food and drink options right outside for those of you looking to make an evening out of it.

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