Vue Manchester

The Printworks, 27 Withy Grove,
Manchester, M4 2BS

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Vue Manchester

Located in Manchester city centre in the former printworks of the Manchester Evening News newspaper. This opened on 10th November 2000 as the 20-screen (including IMAX screen) TheFilmworks, a UCI subsidiary company who’s motto was ‘The Next Generation Cinema’. The architecturual style in the foyers and public spaces is ‘Industrial’ with bare brick walls and openly visible air conditioning conduit and wiring exposed.

Taken over by Odeon Theatres in 2004 it was re-branded Odeon. Seating capacities in the screens ranged from 484 (with seating in stalls and circle levels in the three largest screens), down to 129. By 2011, the Odeon had 23 screens, the smallest having 65 seats. It was closed by Odeon on May 14, 2017. Taken over and reopened by Vue at the end of May 2017.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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LARGE_screen_format on June 27, 2018 at 5:25 pm

I feel your pain! Almost all discount/promotions on tickets offered by cinema chains always seem to exclude Vue, West End and Cineworld, Leicester Square. Even Meerkat Movies 2-4-1. Guess they feel London residents are wealthy enough to pay sky high West End prices and don’t require any discounts and the same applies to those visiting the Capital!

CF100 on June 27, 2018 at 6:19 pm

AFAIK Meerkat Movies (2 for 1) is available for Cineworld (Empire) Leicester Square and Vue West End, albeit uplift charges are applied for non-standard seats/screenings.

Alas, I’ve not purchased any products through “Compare the Market.” I did use Orange/EE Wednesdays (2 for 1) a couple of times, although these days friends have to be dragged screaming and kicking to go to the cinema—they’d sooner wait out the Pay TV release window and watch movies on their 60"+ 4K TVs via Sky. In some cases I think they’ve not been to the cinema in such a long time that they have no idea about the comfort levels (e.g. reclining seats) and audio/picture quality available today.

(Having said that, the interest in cinema trips among peers started its decline when the “joys” of grossly excessive alcohol consumption were “discovered!”)

To my mind a film like “Blade Runner 2049” is utterly wasted on TV.

I don’t mind paying West End prices for premiere screens offering exceptional presentation quality (as well as the general high quality and ambience of lobby spaces) but as I said elsewhere on this site it does get absurdly expensive to attend performances in all of the proliferating formats available. I have Cineworld Unlimited West End in mind but there are still uplift charges to pay (and I can’t seem to find what they are for Leicester Square!)

LARGE_screen_format on June 27, 2018 at 6:48 pm

My mistake must have got my wires crossed thinking that Meerkat Movies excluded Vue West End and Cineworld, Leicester Square instead of other promotions (Tesco Clubcard points converted into Cineworld ticket vouchers and discounted ticket vouchers for Cineworld and Vue purchased via Co-Op Mid-Counties member services for example) which definitely exclude those West End flagship cinemas.

12 months of Meerkat Movies can be obtained by purchasing a single days travel insurance within the UK for less than a few pounds! ;o)

LARGE_screen_format on June 27, 2018 at 7:13 pm

I cannot guarantee that these uplift charges will be the same for Cineworld, Leicester Square but it will at least give you an idea of what to expect:

You’ll like this particular t&c as I know you’re a big fan of Cineworld, Leicester Square’s Superscreen:

19.6 Cineworld Leicester Square Superscreen at no extra cost for West End Unlimited Members offer:
Superscreen uplifts are currently not payable by West End Unlimited Members at Cineworld Leicester Square. 3D (where applicable), D-Box, IMAX, 4DX, VIP and event cinema uplifts are still payable. Charges apply for 3D glasses and Box/Star/Balcony and other special or premium seating as they are not included as part of Unlimited Membership.

After having a Cineworld Unlimited card for over 12 months your standard red card will be replaced by a premium black one which will entitle you to extra benefits including no uplift charge for 3D movies and 25% off food/drink instead of 10% off.

CF100 on June 28, 2018 at 5:46 pm


12 months of Meerkat Movies can be obtained by purchasing a single days travel insurance within the UK for less than a few pounds! ;o)

That’s a great tip, thank you very much. :–)

I’m going to guess that the uplift charges at LSQ are the same as the premium ticket price minus the standard ticket price—so other than the Superscreen, about £4 more than the Sheffield uplift charges.

P.S. I was a “big fan” of Empire 1 more than am I of the LSQ Superscreen but it’s still a good cinema. ;–)

LARGE_screen_format on June 28, 2018 at 6:04 pm

Sorry, it was zappomatic who posted:

“My favourite non-IMAX large format screen is the Superscreen at Cineworld Leicester Square – it’s 0.5m narrower than the O2 one but is taller (1.9 ratio) and has an absolutely superb Dolby Atmos set up.”

CF100 on June 28, 2018 at 7:14 pm

LARGE_screen_format: Don’t worry, it’s the thought that counts. :–) Unlimited trips to the LSQ Superscreen would be just great. :–)

CF100 on July 11, 2018 at 8:44 pm

A few links relating to the original redevelopment of the site to form “The Printworks” and the concept of “the filmworks” brand:

Design Week – “The Film Works for UCI Cinemas” – August 2000.

Design Week – “RTKL Stamps Mark on Printworks” – November 2000.

RTKL Project Sheet.

LARGE_screen_format on November 28, 2018 at 10:31 am

The IMAX at Vue, Printworks has been upgraded to Laser projection (opened on 16th November 2018) and according to this article is the second largest IMAX screen in Europe. The only dimension mentioned is 20m in length, presumably, this is the height as the previous IMAX screen (prior to the upgrade) measured 26.3m x 18.8m and was said to be one of the largest in Europe.

£10 tickets for IMAX and £4.99 for standard screens all day every day is superb value. You can even use a Meerkat Movies 2-4-1 code on Tuesday and Wednesday (£5 uplift charge applies to the ‘free’ IMAX ticket).

antster1983 on February 10, 2020 at 5:58 pm

Anyone noticed that a lot of the old ODEON signage is still in use here?

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