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Home brings together two of Manchester’s finest, Cornerhouse and The Library Theatre

Take two well-established cultural stalwarts, Cornerhouse and the Library Theatre, throw in around £25 million and mix well. Sound like a tasty treat? Well, when one of these organisations was renowned for its contemporary take on visual arts and its independent and foreign language cinema, and the other for Alan Ayckbourn revivals, what could go wrong?

Answer: nothing. The result is Home, an ambitious arts centre for Manchester that opened in 2015, and it’s brilliant. The space contains two performance spaces (one 500-capacity theatre, plus 150-seat studio), five cinema screens, expansive gallery space, a café and a restaurant. In just a few years, it’s become one of Manchester’s most cherished cultural venues and has a sparkling future ahead. 

By: Rob Martin


Venue name: Home
Address: First Street
M15 4FN
Transport: Rail: Manchester Oxford Road
Static map showing venue location
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    On April 6th myself and freind went to see a theatre piece called 'Birdie' at Home. It was a multimedia piece and was showing in the small theatre on the second floor. It was strange and different which is what Home is starting to be good at.

    We have great theatres in Manchester, the Palace is great for the West End blockbuster and The Royal Exchange for the lover of classics, but for something different, cutting edge, then Home's the place.

    Not everything works for everybody, but if you want to see what's happening in modern theatre today especially internationally, then Home is becoming the place to make your way to. It already does this with its cinema, but now it's making an impact with its theatre.

    HOME is the perfect addition to Manchester's creative history across a number of artistic disciplines. Though at the expense of the much loved Cornerhouse, HOME is a welcome consolation prize. Under the roof of the built for purpose new building is a bar, restaurant, 5 cinemas, 2 theatres and art exhibition space. It's the perfect place to spend weekends and evenings with the consistently warm welcoming that you would expect of a place named HOME.


    Back when the much loved Manchester institution The Cornerhouse was still still alive and kicking, but after its closure and replacement had been announced, all the students that went would joke about how confusing it would be to tell people where you went to see such-and-such a film in the future, because most likely you would have seen it at HOME. This acronym of unknown meaning has replaced The Cornerhouse after thirty years of service, merging the cinemas and art galleries of that charming, ungainly triangular building on Oxford Road with Manchester's Library Theatre Company to produce this multi-million pound offspring of glass and metal which now sits proudly behind the railway tracks at Tony Wilson (another Mancunian legend) Place.

    Funnily enough, it actually really is confusing to tell or be told that a film was seen or a meal or drink had at HOME.


    "You've seen it already? I've been dying to! Didn't even know it was out, honestly. Where'd you see it?" 

    "We watched it at HOME."

    "Oh, right, you streamed it?"

    "No, HOOOOME. H. O. M. E."

    "Ahhh, I see. What'd you do after?"

    "Had a couple of drinks out at the bar."

    "Nice, what bars did you go to?"

    "Just at HOME."

    "At home? Ah yeah, because you still have that cocktail set we used to use  for pre-drinks last year. A solid purchase, that."

    "No, no, no mate. HOME, the place where we saw the film, also has a full sized bar on the ground floor. Tons of beers and spirits and stuff. Their HOME lager is pretty good."

    "Got you, got you. What are you doing now, then?"

    "Just going to go home. You?"

    "I'm going HOME too! Are you going for the new exhibition?"

    "What?! No! I'm retiring to my abode, to watch Netflix and, immediately thereafter, chill".

    "Sorry, sorry. I'm with you. It's just because I'm going to HOME with some friends so thought you might be doing the same... ah, look, it doesn't matter. Where do you live this year anyway?"

    "Oh, right next to HOME."

    "Alright, now you're messing with my head. You either live at HOME - that is, the fantastic multi-leveled hub of exciting new cultural entertainment which has recently opened to the public and offers brilliant discounts for students - or you live right next to where you lived last year, the downtrodden three bedroom house on the corner by the Ram and Shackle pub. Which one is it?"

    "The first, my home is next door to HOME. There's a load of new shared apartment buildings there for post-grad and foreign student accommodation. It's actually the best place I've lived in the city so far."

    "Classic misunderstanding! HOME is where the home is. Perfect. Love it."

    "Yeah, mate. Well, it's cold out here and this Time Out review is really dragging on, so..."

    "Of course man, of course. Good to see you. Let's wrap this meta piece of nonsense up, shall we?"

    If you want theatre, art, cinema, food, or drink in Manchester, remember: There's no place like HOME.