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Cinemas are screening loads of beloved comedies to cheer Mancs up on Blue Monday – and tickets are only £5

Laughter is the best medicine, after all.

Emily Sergeant Emily Sergeant - 11th January 2024

Cinemas all across the UK are set to screen loads of beloved comedy films to cheer people up this ‘Blue Monday’.

And there’s a good few here in Greater Manchester that are taking part.

If you’re unfamiliar with the concept of ‘Blue Monday’, it was first coined by physiologist Cliff Arnall back in 2004, and it suggests that the third Monday of every January is “the most depressing day of the year” – with a theory that essentially claims that this is the time of year when we’re all cold, broke, and riddled with guilt that our New Year’s resolutions to get fit, drink less alcohol, and be a better human being, have fallen by the wayside.

It’s certainly been met with its skeptics over the years for a number of reasons, but regardless of whether you believe it to be true or not, one thing we can all agree on is that laughter is the best medicine, right?

Well, that commonly-used phrase is exactly why Vue Cinemas has decided to screen a handful of some of the UK’s best-loved comedy films and musicals in a bid to cheer people up.


The cinema chain says it’s aiming to “spread some joy and laughter” by bringing back some of the nation’s favourite comedies and feel-good musicals and sticking them up on the big screen to help alleviate those so-called January blues.

This means that, each week for the nextor four weeks, you can catch iconic flicks such as Mrs Doubtfire, The Devil Wears Prada, Mamma Mia!, and more.


Kicking off from this Friday 12 January, not only can you see the legends Robin Williams and Meryl Streep in action, but you can also see Bill Murray shine in Groundhog Day, the late Heath Ledger steal the show in 10 Things I Hate About You, and Whoopi Goldberg show what she’s made of in Sister Act.

  • Mrs Doubtfire – From 12 January
  • The Devil Wears Prada – From 19 January
  • Mamma Mia! – From 26 January 
  • Sister Act – From 26 January 
  • Groundhog Day – From 2 February
  • 10 Things I Hate About You – From 2 February
Tickets will only set you back as little as £4.99 each too / Credit: Wikimedia Commons

And the best bit about it all? Tickets are only £5 each, so you won’t be breaking the bank either.

“With 15 January marking Blue Monday this year, we wanted to brighten up the lives of film fans across the country by inviting them to revisit some of our favourite feel good big screen moments,” explained Toby Bradon, who is the General Manager of Vue UK & Ireland.


“Vue is the perfect place to escape from the pressures of everyday life, providing an entertaining way to enjoy the start the year by experiencing a great story back on the big screen, where it belongs.”

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Find out more and grab your tickets from just £4.99 at select venues here.

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