- Tel: 0161 200 1500
2 Tony Wilson Place, Manchester, Lancashire, M15 4FN
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Open since 1985 the Cornerhouse is Manchester's international centre for contemporary visual arts and film. The centre has 3 floors of contemporary art galleries, 3 cinema screens, a bar, cafe and bookshop. Cornerhouse also operates an international publications service distributing visual arts books and catalogues.
The staff are superb. They must get paid well as they're always super friendly, efficient and look like they're having a good time. Go in happy hour in you’re on a budget as you can get some spectacular cocktails at cut down prices.
The food is quite pricey but on a Monday you can get a pizza a film and a glass of wine or a pint for a tenner! Bargain!
There is a healthy range of European premium lagers available on draught and in bottles. There is also a great selection of reasonably priced cocktails (look out for the happy hours to make the most of these) and is also great for fresh soft drinks and coffees/hot chocolates.
The atmosphere is always good and it’s a great place to stop off and chat before visiting the cinema or the theatre. There are loads of tables and a few sofas which make it a good place for a group conversations.
The food is also quite impressive – mostly serving simple platters and salads. The tour-de-force though are the stone-baked pizzas, which are very much like Felicini’s (across the road) but at about half the price
Ideally situated on the corner of Manchester’s Oxford Road train station, the corner house serves up one of the most unique cinemas experiences as its stylish and boutique feel attracts the more intellectually minded cinema goer.
It does have a couple of downsides however, food and drink is expensive and the screens are quite small, meaning you can expect full houses and sold out screenings quite often, other minus in my book is the fact that films don’t seem to show for very long, often only a week or two at the most for some smaller films, which is probably necessary as the films aren’t the blockbusters of the film works.. but it is a shame that you cant really see a film more than once before its changed to something else.
The cinema itself is in a separate building to the arthouse (which I have never been in and you'll have to read other reviews about). For an alternative cinema it's not a bad size although it's still on the small side. It's also directly on the main road (where all the buses run) and right next to Oxford Road train station.