It was a sad day for all Manchester cinema lovers when the much loved Cornerhouse closed its doors in 2015, but out of its ashes rose Manchester’s multi-arts venue HOME. A joint venture combining the team from Cornerhouse and Manchester’s Library Theatre, HOME is a three story hub for culture in the city, incorporating a gallery space, two theatres and five cinema screens.
Since opening in 2015, HOME has been a shot in the arm to Manchester’s cinema scene. Its five screens means it’s the best place to find the best foreign language and art-house cinema in Manchester. HOME are also dedicated to cinema’s past, and host a great range of rep screenings and season’s throughout the year. Within its first few months it brought Manchester film fans a western season, a Weimar cinema season and a James Banning retrospective.
HOME is also the place to see your cinema heroes in the flesh, with regular Q&As with filmmakers taking place each month – Danny Boyle, Terence Davies, Carol Morley and John Boorman have been some of the recent guests who’ve come in to speak about their work.
If you’re after blockbusters, Manchester is well served by two city centre multiplexes: an AMC cinema, which is housed within the Great Northern development, and an Odeon cinema, which you’ll find in the Printworks complex. The latter is also the home to Manchester’s only Imax cinema.
Outside the city centre you’ll find a busy Cineworld cinema in East Didsbury, a Vue cinema near Media city in Salford, and a Showcase cinema in Belle Vue.
The most beautiful cinema in Greater Manchester, however, is Stockport’s Plaza cinema, a grand old picture palace with a great, but sporadic, repertory programme.
You’ll find some of the most interesting film programmes hosted by indie cinema clubs. For example, Cultivate Film Club host wonderfully curated double-bills each week in Joshua Brooks basement.
Manchester International Film Festival takes place in March in cinemas across the city and Grimmfest, the North’s best horror and fantasy festival, Grimm Up North, takes place in Oct – Grimmfest also put on special one-offs and previews throughout the year too.
For up-to-date previews of Manchester film happenings, go to theskinny.co.uk/film.