Nothing beats a couple of hours in front of the big screen, especially after a long week of socialising. Once you walk through those doors, nothing seems to matter anymore. Spending £50 on popcorn on snacks? Absolutely fine. Flooding your body with 3 litres of fizzy pop? No problem at all, show me the sugary stuff! It’s a day out like no other, and there’s a whole host of Manchester cinemas making the whole experience all the more worthwhile. From plush seating to food and drink via table service, check out Secret Manchester’s guide to the cosiest cinemas in Manchester.
1. Everyman, City Centre/Altrincham
Based in both Manchester city centre and in Altrincham, Everyman Cinema is fancy, to say the least. Think plush velvet sofas for two, tasty grub fresh off the grill and all the latest cinema releases. Not only can you grab food in the main foyer area which is decked out with lavish seating by the bar, but each screening room has table service too – so you can have food orders and glasses of wine brought straight to your sofa. As far as Manchester cinemas go, this one’s the holy grail. Everyman Cinema, ABC Buildings, 23 Quay St, M3 4AS | 74-78 George St, Altrincham WA14 1RF.
2. The Light, Stockport
With comfy seating and restaurant-worthy grub, The Light offers a super cosy cinema experience, completely surpassing the typical day-old hot dogs and stale Pick N Mix of the past with their unbelievable burgers and tasty pizzas – which are finished off with all the toppings. There are menus to suit both grown-ups and kids, with all the latest movie releases to choose from during your visit. Not only that, but the seats are super comfy, too. The Light Cinema, REDROCK, Unit 10, Bridgefield St, Stockport, SK1 1SA.
Combining Miami Beach vibes and comfort, Backyard Cinema is one of the most immersive cinemas in Manchester and has pitched up on the rooftop of Depot Mayfield screening both new releases and movie classics, with sing-a-long versions also available. The 80s-style beach paradise offers plenty of refreshments including street food and themed cocktails which you can enjoy as you sink into a cosy bean bag chair, dig your toes in the sand and watch your favourite films under the stars. Backyard Cinema, Depot Mayfield, 11 Baring St, M1 2PY.
A centre for all things art, film and theatre, HOME has multiple spaces within its complex where guests can enjoy a nice bit of entertainment. The cinema is a great spot for catching independent movies, teaming up with Curzon, BFI and MUBI to bring some of the best films to Mancs. It’s the best place in the city to catch something a little different, with regular festivals showcasing great talents – most recently their Spanish film festival ‘¡Viva!‘. HOME, 2 Tony Wilson Pl, M15 4FN.
5. Stockport Plaza
A historic cinema which still retains original features (albeit polished up for the modern-day!), Stockport Plaza is a great spot for those who like to feel a bit of nostalgia during their trip to the cinema – all you need to accompany is a bag of Pick N Mix. The restored cinema originally opened way back in the 30s, and now hosts regular screenings of classic movies. Can’t get any more nostalgic than that. And this is one of the prettiest cinemas in Manchester. The Plaza, Mersey Square, Stockport, SK1 1SP.
Another great choice for city dwellers, Vue provides tons of screens for us to catch the latest blockbuster movies. There’s comfy seating with ample armrest space, Tango Ice Blasts (obviously), all the Pick N Mix you could dream of on the top floor, and a cheap ticket option all-day every day. VUE, The Printworks, 27 Withy Grove, M4 2BS | Lowry Outlet Mall, The Quays, Salford, M50 3AH | 9 The Rock, Rock Place, Bury, BL9 0YB.
7. Ducie Street Warehouse
Formerly known as CULTUREPLEX, Ducie Street Warehouse is a ‘cultural hub’ that acts as an aparthotel, restaurant space, and even a working space for the people of Manchester. Inside, you’ll find uber cool decor, a true Manchester warehouse vibe, and a 36-seat intimate cinema screening space complete with a 4K projector. The mini cinema regularly hosts small screenings of cult classics and you can even book it out for an event, too. Ducie Street Warehouse, Ground Floor, Warehouse, Ducie St, M1 2TP.
8. King Street Townhouse
A beautiful little space that’s perfect for private viewings with friends, King Street Townhouse‘s screening room often hosts screenings around special occasions, for example, Christmas and Valentine’s, however, there’s also a number of packages available to enjoy the mini cinema with just your friends. Packages include food, drinks, sweets and a movie, with prices starting at £35pp for 10 people. King Street Townhouse, 10 Booth St, M2 4AW.
9. CULTPLEX, GRUB
Previously located in a really cool warehouse space near the Green Quarter, rebranded CULTPLEX at GRUB regularly hosts a schedule of cult classic movies including Tarantino masterpieces, grindhouse hits and general old classics. CULTPLEX has a full and varied schedule of not only film screenings but gaming and comedy too, which can be found here. The space is super social and stocks craft beers, with dog-friendly screenings available, too. Chapeltown Picture House, 50 Red Bank, Cheetham Hill, M4 4HF.
10. Savoy, Stockport
Another historical cinema based in Stockport, The Savoy has been completely decked out with all the lavish finishings, with comfy velvet sofas, art deco-style original features throughout the building, all the treats you could dream of, as well as beers and wines to enjoy while winding down to a movie. The cinema plays the latest Hollywood films, and is well praised for its legroom! The Savoy, 105 Heaton Moor Rd, Heaton Moor, Stockport, SK4 4HY.
With outlets in Manchester City Centre at Great Northern Warehouse as well as the Trafford Centre, Odeon is one of the biggest players in the cinema world. As it’s a chain, you can often get great deals on tickets, and they show a vast variety of recent films, so you’re usually able to find something up your street if you’re not one for pre-planning. Both of the Odeon Manchester locations are also in amongst a plethora of bars and restaurants, so it’s always nice to make a night of it! Odeon Cinema, 235 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 4EN | 201, The Dome, The Trafford Centre, Barton Dock Rd, Trafford Park, Stretford, Manchester, M17 8DF.