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Manchester What's On, Entertainment, Tickets and Eating Out Guide

Monday 27 May 2024

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While Manchester actually has an average annual rainfall lower than the UK average, it's not developed a reputation as the ‘rainy city’ for nothing. When it does rain, it can be quite relentless.

So indoor entertainment will no doubt always come in handy on a wet day, with the city’s silver screens offering escapism and a mix of the biggest blockbusters to underground fresh talent and future classics.

Stockport's Plaza is a Art Deco gem and is well worth the short train journey to reach it.

  • Home


    Home, which now incorprates Cornerhouse Cinema, on First Street, will undoubtedly be many people’s number one choice. It’s a cinema that, in a time when Hollywood has been known to churn out repetitive drivel, gives Manchester the opportunity to see progressive film-making on the big screen.

    It’s so refreshing to have access to a cinema that places the artistic merits of a film before its prospective earnings, and you can expect to find director Q&As with many first showings.

    Read our HOME Restaurant ReviewAs a multifaceted arts centre that houses a bookshop and art gallery, three theaters as well as its three screens, the Cornerhouse provides visitors with a wonderful alternative cinematic experience. Not to be missed.

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    Address: 2 Tony Wilson Pl, Manchester M15 4FN

  • Odeon Great Northern

    Odeon Great Northern

    The Odeon Manchester Great Northern is a 16-screen multiplex cinema.

    The box office is situated on the ground floor of the Great Northern and the cinema boasts over 3,000 seats. The biggest theatre can accommodate over 400 cinemagoers. Each screen offers Dolby Digital sound and wheelchair spaces.

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    Address: 235 Deansgate, Manchester M3 4EN

  • Stockport Plaza

    Stockport Plaza

    In October 1932 a vision was born for Stockport and the Northwest in the form of a Super Cinema and Variety Theatre that would evoke the glamour of the era with its sumptuous surroundings.

    The highest possible attention to detail in its customer care and an eclectic mix of screen and stage presentation, supported by the finest Café Restaurant dining experience in the region.

    Over 80 years on and your Plaza Super Cinema and Variety Theatre stills hosts the biggest stage presentations including this year’s sensational family pantomime Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, musicals, stage plays, comedians, concerts and family shows.

    The Plaza screens the 'Classic film' genre presenting them in their correct ratio and format ensuring the golden classics can be seen on the big screen as they should be enjoyed.

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    Address: Mersey Square, Stockport SK1 1SP

  • The Everyman

    The Everyman

    Everyman is redefining cinema. Bringing an innovative lifestyle approach to our venues, where you swap your soft drink for a nice glass of red wine and a slice of freshly made pizza served to your seat.

    We create a warm and friendly atmosphere, with an excellent food and drink selection and fantastic customer service. With a wide array of mainstream, independent and classic films, special events, launches and a diverse calendar of live satellite broadcasts, there is something for everyone at Everyman.

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    Address: ABC Buildings, 23 Quay Street, Manchester M3 4AS

  • The Savoy

    The Savoy

    If the IMAX is an indication of where cinema is going then the Savoy is a relic that reminds us of its humble beginnings.

    Having opened in 1923 the Savoy fast approaching its 100-year anniversary.

    During its early years the Savoy screened silent movies with live musical accompaniment; it wasn’t until 1930 that it was fitted with sound technology and could begin to show ‘talkies’.

    The cinema was threatened with closure 2006 when the Barracuda group made an offer for the site with plans to build a bar on the location. Local uproar saved the cinema and it continues to run today, located just a 15 minutes train ride out of the city.

    Theatres like the Savoy are now few and far between since the emergence of giant multiplexes, so if you’ve got a spare few hours on a wet day, hop on a bus or train and pay it a visit.

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    Address: 105 Heaton Moor Rd, Heaton Moor, Stockport SK4 4HY

  • Vue at the Printworks

    Vue at the Printworks

    The Printworks is an odd place in itself. As you walk through there is a sense that you’re on a hyper-capitalist industrial movie set.

    But within these unusual aesthetics, The Printworks is home to one of only four of the true Image Maximum (IMAX) screens in England. IMAX uses 15/70mm film which allows for the capture and display of much larger images and higher resolutions.

    Many theatres in the UK have taken to simply retro-fitting standard theatres with IMAX digital projectors – which are not the same size and do not have the same resolution capabilities as 70mm projectors.

    Despite them slapping the IMAX name everywhere, it’s not quite the same as what The Printworks offers up.

    Manchester Vue uses a traditional IMAX film projector, which maintains the high resolution capabilities of IMAX image capture and projection.

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    Address: The Printworks, 27 Withy Grove, Manchester M4 2BS

  • Vue at the Lowry Outlet Mall

    Vue at the Lowry Outlet Mall

    Vue Manchester Lowry is a 7 screen cinema with Sony 4K projectors, a 3D screen and approximately 1,800 seats, with wheel chair access and hearing assistance. Showcasing all the current box-office films.

    Try upgrading to the Gold Class cinema to benefit from the extra comfy seats and a complimentary popcorn followed by a pre-cinema drink in the private bar area.

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    Address: Lowry Outlet Mall, The Quays, Salford M50 3AH

Manchester a City of ‘Quarters’

Bury - Part of Historic Manchester


Only 30 minutes by Tram from the City Centre, Bury and its attractions make a good day trip



Nestled between the Irwell and Medloack rivers Castlefield is where the Romans established 'Mamucium'. Experience the old and modern and explore its attractions

China Town - City Centre

China Town

China Town, a stone's throw from Piccadilly Gardens, offers restaurants, specialist supermarkets and entertainment all in one space



Connecting most parts of the city, this mile-long road is worth a stroll along and offers some great shops and places to eat

Read About All Manchester‘s Quarters