Whether you’re on a date, fancy an arthouse outing or are on a quest for the quirky, we’ve picked the best Manchester cinemas for your trip out.
After all, you're in one of the UK’s most outstanding city for the arts: from outstanding art galleries to eclectically (and traditionally) brilliant museums and world-renowned theatres, Manchester’s culture gravitates towards the artistic.
Best Manchester cinemas
Best for old-school touches
Fancy an ice cream in the interval? Yes, you read that correctly – so retro is this cinema that they have an actual break in the middle of movies. Locals love this old-fashioned theatre with comfortable seats showing carefully curated releases alongside the occasional live screening; ‘The Favourite’ has been a recent hit.
Best for inspiring programming
Film, art and theatre mingle in this inventive arts venue currently showing awards favourites and classics with expert introductions. This year, their Celebrating Women In Global Cinema season will include talks, retrospectives and live recordings of the all-female movie review podcast ‘Girls On Film’. There's a restaurant on-site, too.
Best for Art Deco charm
This refurbished suburban gem offers luxury seating and a programme of mainstream hits mixed with acclaimed indies. Mondays are niche nights, with a focus on foreign language and lower budget films, while they also screen live ballet and theatre. Regulars rave about the service and the reasonable prices.
Manchester’s culinary scene went under the radar for a long time – maybe better known for the steadfast Bury black pudding or a rice ‘n’ three – but, after a huge boom in indie eateries and a peppering of top chains, the best restaurants in Manchester have been catapulted onto the global stage, offering a diverse and creative range of menus.