Cinemas in Manchester

Polly Checkland Harding

Like cinema? How about independent cinema, arthouse flicks and film classics? Throughout the year, cinemas in Manchester play host to a range of festivals and events, including Grimmfest horror movie season, Manchester Film Festival, ¡Viva! Festival of Spanish and Latin American cinema and the new Pilot Light TV Festival. The collection of independent cinemas here may be small, but the venues are special enough to make you forget that – and who doesn’t enjoy a blockbuster in a multiplex setting every once in a while?

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. ODEON Manchester Printworks

    Odeon Printworks cinema in Manchester
    iknow-uk via Flickr

    ODEON Manchester Printworks, The Printworks, 27 Withy Grove, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M4 2BS - Visit now

    A straight-up multiplex here – 23 three screens with 3D capability (and including an IMAX) make up the reassuringly familiar ODEON complex in The Printworks, complete with Pick ‘n’ Mix stand, Ben & Jerry’s bar and Costa Coffee.

  • 5. AMC Cinema Manchester

    AMC Cinema in Manchester
    Bill Boaden

    AMC Cinema Manchester, The Great Northern, 235 Deansgate, Manchester, Greater 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 advantage of this cinema is that there are some genuinely appealing things to do nearby – including champagne bar Épernay, coffee spot Grindsmith and new street food complex B.EAT Street.

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Theatre 12–23 December 2017, from £10.00

Hot Brown Honey at HOME

Families 13–20 December 2017, from £5.00

The Siege of Christmas at Contact

Exhibitions 18 November 2017–25 February 2018, FREE

humansbeingdigital at The Lowry

Theatre 7–30 December 2017, from £6.50

Red Riding Hood and The Wolf at HOME

Festivals 8–17 December 2017, FREE

Lightwaves 2017 at The Quays

Theatre 2 December 2017–3 February 2018, from £22.00

Guys and Dolls at the Royal Exchange Theatre

Exhibitions 21 October 2017–7 January 2018, FREE

The Return of Memory at HOME

Festivals 22 September 2017–31 March 2018,

HOME Autumn/Winter Season

Exhibitions 23 June 2017–1 January 2018, from £4.00

Wyndham Lewis: Life, Art, War at IWM North

Families 7 October 2017–2 January 2018, from £21.25

Dinosaurs in the Wild at EventCity

Music 24 September 2017–9 June 2018,

BBC Philharmonic 2017/18 Concert Season

Music 9 September 2017–31 May 2018, from £15.00

Manchester Camerata 2017/18 Season