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Inside Fab Café where the force awakens for sci fi film lovers

Love sci fi films and TV shows? Manchester's Fab Café is the place for you

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As anticipation around the release of 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' reaches fever pitch, we take a peak inside Manchester institiution Fab Café, one of our favourite Manchester bars, where horror and sci fi buffs can surround themselves with memorabilia from beloved films and TV shows. From Dr Who to Indiana Jones, the stars of screens large and small keep you company. Just don't let that life sized alien looming behind you put you off your fishfinger butty...

10 Fab Café photos

Fab cafe tardis
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The Tardis

Fab cafe Darth Vader
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Darth Vader

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Fab cafe Alien
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Alien

Fab cafe Thunderbirds
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Thunderbirds

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Fab cafe Stormtrooper
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Pinhead, Stormtrooper and Catwoman

Fab cafe R2D2
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R2D2

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Fab cafe Dr Who
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Dr Who - Daleks and Cybermen

Fab cafe Star Wars seat covers
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Star Wars seating

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Fab cafe Alien
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Life size Alien and Facehugger

Fab cafe Captain Scarlet
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Captain Scarlet with friends Frankenstein's monster, Sooty and Sweep and a Dalek

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Flok
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Henry C
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Henry C

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