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See Manchester’s amazing new rooftop cinema, with themed tunnels and live performers

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Manchester’s Backyard Cinema is due to open tonight on the roof of Depot Mayfield – and it’s absolutely amazing.

It’s not just about the movie showing here (although it’s also quite luxurious).

The whole experience will transport you to theatrical country, using film sets, themed tunnels and live actors to bring it all to life.

Movie buffs enter the experience through the 150-year-old former Mayfield station gate, looming over what was previously the station platform.

Inside the cinema space itself. Credit: The Manc Group

The former waiting room has been transformed into a pizza and pint bar, with dark green tiles around the bar.

A huge fairytale-style shopping street now takes up most of the platform space – think snow-covered storefronts and even a Tavern bar with a protruding castle turret.

Once you’re suitably fed and drunk in the courtyard, you walk through the door to Dr. Portelli’s Antiques and Curiosities, a fictional shop filled with colorful glass bottles and trinkets.

Do you still feel the magic? There’s a lot more to come.

Then, the Backyard Cinema actors open the doors to a wardrobe full of fur coats, and your journey to Narnia continues.

As you weave through the clothes racks, you’ll find yourself in a tree-lined tunnel dotted with ancient lanterns above your head.

Then choose your own adventure as the maze continues – a rose-lined Tunnel of Beauty or the much more mysterious Tunnel of Bravery.

The waiting room bar. Credit: The Manc Group

Whichever you choose, you’ll come to a trickling fountain, with more doors leading to each of the four seasons.

When you’ve had enough of exploring, it’s in the huge cinema space itself, where rows and rows of plush custom beanbags line up in front of a state-of-the-art cinema screen.

We’re talking waiter service, blockbuster movies, and seasonal cocktails.

Choose your own adventure in the labyrinth of Backyard Cinema. Credit: The Manc Group

Moviegoers should expect a mix of all-new releases, including the acclaimed Elvis biopic starring Tom Hanks, the new Top Gun: Maverick and The Batman, plus cult classics and Christmas hits later in the season. ‘year.

The team also just revealed a list of cult classics including ET the Extra-Terrestrial, Die Hard, Hocus Pocus, Addams Family Values, Beetlejuice, plus other favorites like The Greatest Showman, Frozen 2, Beauty and the Beast.

Elsewhere, there will be a host of family-favorite movies, including The Greatest Showman, Frozen 2, Beauty and the Beast and the all-new Minions: The Rise of Gru.

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Then comes Christmas time, organizers plan to go all out with screenings of festival favorites like Elf, Home Alone, Love Actually, The Holiday, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Muppet Christmas Carol and Miracle on 34th Street.

Backyard Cinema will be open Wednesday through Sunday, October 21 through December 4, and Monday through Sunday, December 5 through January 2. Show times are 12pm, 4pm and 8pm, although these vary depending on the day.

Visit the backyard cinema website here to check showing times and buy your tickets.

Featured Image: The Manc Band

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