For too long, big movies have been confined to the small screen.
COVID restrictions pulled theatre curtains shut in winter and they’ve remained untouched ever since – leaving audiences deprived of a true cinematic experience and digesting blockbusters on Netflix instead.
But now, almost halfway through 2021 – projectors are finally whirring back into life.
Hundreds of cinemas across the UK have announced triumphant comebacks this month – including several independent theatres in Greater Manchester.
To celebrate long-awaited reopening of these venues, British gourmet popcorn specialists at Popcorn Shed have published an interactive map of returning cinemas – which you can view online here.
We’ve listed them below…
HOME, First Street
From May 17, HOME returns to action.
Based at First Street near Deansgate, this multipurpose culture venue has been operating as Manchester’s hub for contemporary theatre, art and cinema since 2015.
With restrictions due to ease further, HOME has announced a reopening programme – pulling back the curtains to reveal a bumper schedule of cinema screenings.
From next week, film fanatics can take their pick from gritty dramas, foreign cinema flicks and new indie releases all being beamed to the big screen.
From the classic red seats to the intimate lighting, EVERYMAN venues are focused on guaranteeing a luxurious viewing experience for audiences.
Two of these plush cinemas are reopening right here in Greater Manchester – including one in Altrincham and antoehr in Manchester city centre (just over the road from the bustling restaurant and bar scene of Spinningfields).
Big screen releases such as Godzilla vs. Kong and Peter Rabbit 2 are scheduled for next week – along with Academy Award Best Picture winner Nomadland.
A full food and drinks menu is also available – with waiter service delivering snacks to your seats.
After a full year of closure, The Savoy in Heaton Moor will finally be reopening its doors to the public from July 2.
The venue has used lockdown to embark on a major restoration project – transforming the historic building into a swanky independent cinema with 4K digital projection, luxury seats, and a fully stocked bar.
A new programme will be announced during June – with a mixture of new and classic movies expected to appear on the bill.
Manchester Laces’ Helen Hardy honoured with massive mural painted on the Wembley steps
Manchester Laces founder Helen Hardy has been honoured in a giant mural painted on the steps of Wembley Stadium in London.
Championing both women’s and non-binary football since the organisation was created back in 2021, Helen Hardy has been at the forefront of inclusivity in Mancunian and British sport, in general, reminding everyone that football is game for everyone.
To celebrate her incredible contribution, the National Lottery’s Good Causes scheme unveiled the massive piece of art stretching across the legendary Wembley steps.
England Women‘s captain Leah Williamson even turned up to show her support.
Channelling the pride flag’s rainbow palette, the mural is realised in vibrant technicolour — as are the LGBTQIA+ inclusive club’s already iconic kits.
Expressing her gratitude on social media, Hardy said, “It’s been an absolute honour to have my face painted on the steps of Wembley. I can’t quite believe it!” She also went on to thank the artist, Charlotte Archer (pictured right), who captured her likeness.
We can only applaud the pair of them.
In a relatively short space of time, Manchester Laces has going from strength to strength, setting up their own division (the Alternative Foootball League) and even expanded into London, with three different clubs located in the capital.
Their work in providing everyone a place to play across Greater Manchester and further afield has already been recognised by the likes of the National Football Museum and many more.
The first of its kind in the UK, this wonderful group of people is only getting bigger.
Speaking in an interview with The Independent following the reveal, Euro 2020-winning footballer Williamson said that Helen and Manchester Laces are “normalising what should already be normalised”.
“That’s why I love this campaign… because it’s someone who doesn’t even see themselves as a leader, Helen, deciding to pave the way and something she believes should be available and a space that she believes should be available for people to be able to positively impact the world a little bit.”
The 25-year-old also went on to say of the women’s national team: “I wouldn’t want anyone to feel like it wasn’t their game. We wanted to show that supporting England is an open invitation to be exactly who you want to be, because that’s what we do too.”
The Lioness and Arsenal defender concluded by saying that while she’ll “support England until the day [she dies]”, people have been left “alienated in terms of the LGBTQ+ community” and believes that this year’s tournament is fundamentally “wrong”.
We can only echo her statement and reiterate our support for women’s and non-binary football, as well as wonderful institutions like Manchester Laces.