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  • “there's a shop selling cards, books and (rather highbrow art, design and film) magazines.” in 46 reviews

  • “Take the time to visit the art gallery or the book shop, or the bar/restaurant.” in 10 reviews

  • “Added to all this there is the book shop to browse and the galaries always have something interesting and educational on display.” in 7 reviews

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  • 5.0 star rating
    15/9/2014
    2 check-ins

    Cornerhouse is my favourite spot in Manchester. It includes the cafe/bar, a book store, a restaurant, galleries and cinemas as well.
    The book store has the best card selection and some nice books and magazines, which have been properly selected. I went to the book store every two weeks and make sure don't miss the most hit publication in the art world.
    The galleries on Floor 2-4 offer the best contemporary art exhibition in town and it renewed every few months. It has launch parties for the major exhibitions sometimes. It also invited the audiences to interact with the artist and becomes part of the exhibition.Like the Clifford Owen exhibition, a great number of the work is participated by the audiences from Manchester.
    The Cafe/Bar on ground floor is a relaxing and comfortable area. It serves hot beverages and cold drinks as well. It offers different styles of sitting areas. It's a great place to sit on a bar stool facing the glass wall to read a paper in a raining day, or a stoping place for a quick drink after a day shopping or waiting for the cinema/theatre. The arts works hanging on the walls updating every so often bring more artistic atmosphere to this area as well.
    The restaurant on the first floor is casual and spontaneous. They don't take reservation and you could just pop in and sit anywhere you prefer. It's always busy at dinner time. We always have lunch or dinner at Cornerhouse when it has seats. The food is OK with reasonable selection on the menu. If there is nothing you love on the menu, just choose the butternut lasagne and it wouldn't disappoint you.
    The cinema in Cornerhouse is amazing because it has the best selection of indie films. It almost covers the nominations of next years's Cane/Berlin/Venice film festivals. It also balances the cultures from
    different countries and languages.

  • 3.0 star rating
    14/9/2014

    Personally I don't see why this is rated so highly...I have been here a couple of times and yes...the attention you receive from the waiters is great but the actual value of the food isn't...

    The location itself is nice as it offers a nice view to people watch..but I ordered one of their most expensive fish dishes and it was mhe...if were not for the bottle of chilled sparkling rose I would have probably remembered a lot more..

    My overall impression its ok.....but for the price you pay you receive average..

  • 4.0 star rating
    23/8/2014
    2 check-ins

    This place is fantastic. I love the eclectic cinema. Good food. Good range of beer. Magazine/gift shop is great (if you go when its open)
    The coffee shop is also a great place to just pop in and relax with friends for a while - or on your own with your kindle :)
    The corner house gets it's marks from the atmosphere and the environment more than the food and coffee themselves. Food is good tasty fare, coffee is OK (but I'm a coffee snob).
    In the evening, this is my go-to place when the other pubs and bars are just a bit too loud and hectic - often a much nicer vibe.

  • 3.0 star rating
    1/8/2014

    The Cornerhous is a lovely little spot on Oxford Road that marks the beginning of the City Centre for me.

    I've only been in their screens once at a premiere (did I mention I'm an actor, narf), but often pop in to see friends for coffee (which is excellent) and the odd beer.

    They've got a really good, varied menu that doesn't disappoint, and a comfortable environment for social chat or a meeting. It's not necessarily a place you'd spend a long while, but a great place for a first drink or a quick lunch rendezvous. The upper floor restaurant is bright and airy and both floors have great spots to sit and watch the world go by while you're writing your reviews.

  • 4.0 star rating
    5/6/2014
    3 check-ins

    I like the Cornerhouse. There's something about it that just makes me smile. It is relaxed, the food is decent and the staff are generally quite friendly. Plus who doesn't love a place where you can get food, drinks, movies AND art in one go? Two thumbs up.

    I came here on Tuesday night to make the most of their Reel Deal - a pizza, a glass of wine (or beer or soft drink) and a movie for £15. You can choose from a wide range of pizzas which is much better than some places that will only let you have their very average Margherita. I went for the La Reine pizza - olives, serrano ham, parmesan, mozzarella and rocket. The toppings weren't relatively plentiful and tasty, although the ham was starting to taste a little old. The pizza base was also better than others I have had in Manchester although quite tough. It could definitely have done with more parmesan but then, in my world, everything can.

    I am always disappointed by the tables in the Cornerhouse. They're just not cozy. There's something very angular and sharp about them that ruins the ambience of the restaurant. It isn't a romantic place, that's for sure. Luckily I was here with my cousin so that didn't matter.

    Overall I think the Reel Deal is a good offer and worth going for, although you could probably spend an extra pound or two and select something from their extensive menu.

    The movie theatres in the Cornerhouse are great though - I like small theatres and think independent cinemas need to be supported. Plus you can take in whatever chocolate/lollies/food/drinks you want as you can't buy any from the Cornerhouse. Although if you do, please be less annoying than the couple who appeared to bring in the entire contents of Sainsbury's and proceeded to open loud packets throughout the film.

  • 5.0 star rating
    27/4/2014

    I've been to the Cornerhouse many times over the years for food and drink and also to the cinema.  I have a couple of friends who live up the road so go here quite regularly.

    My most recent visit was yesterday afternoon for an afternoon tea and cake based catch up.  We sat downstairs for a change. We had to go to the bar to order, whereas  upstairs there is table service.

    The guy behind the bar was very chatty and friendly and taught me a little bit about melanin levels in skin and burning and osteoperosis as he was a medical student.  So not only did I leave feeling full, I also learnt something useful and interesting as an added bonus.

    I ordered a chai tea and was offered the choice of having it made properly or just in the cup with a teabag.  Being one of those philistines who doesn't like milk in tea (yes, I know, I'm weird) I went for the latter option, but it is nice to get the choice.   My friend and I shared the chocolate and orange brownie and it was tasty, a bit gooey in the middle and just the right size portion.  

    A couple of weeks ago I went with a different friend and had pizza and wine.  I had the margarita pizza and my friend had the buffalo chicken.  I had a glass of merlot, which was nice but nothing special - definitely drinkable though (well, isn't all wine!).  My friend had sauvignon blanc  and said it was really good.  It was all reasonably priced - from memory it came to about £15ish each.  

    Also, I am a big fan of the hot chocolate, although at this time of year not so much.  I often go for the hot chocolate instead of tea on cold winter days (yes, I do drink something other than tea or wine, although you might not guess it from my reviews).

    I really recommend going here, food and drink is great and the vibe is really chilled out!

  • 4.0 star rating
    11/3/2014

    The great thing about arty-farty cinemas is you're guaranteed a chav-free experience.
    The Cornerhouse might be smaller than your Odeons and your Vues and definitely your IMAXs but I believe this is what keeps out the scruffs and roughs, which is fine by me.

    From the outside of the building, you wouldn't know it was a cinema. Again, this means that only cultured, people-in-the-know will have any idea of what's housed inside.

    My other half and I paid just £6 each to watch the brilliant Grand Budapest Hotel (highly recommended) and enjoyed a comfortable couple of hours in a friendly atmosphere. I noticed that popcorn isn't sold at Cornerhouse, which means you can take in a film without it being accompanied by that annoying crunching sound the whole way through (one of my pet hates).

    But the real beauty of the Cornerhouse is its selection of films, mainly indie with some old classics thrown in too (again, a great way to keep the riff-raff at bay).

    If you're into design mags, there is a brilliant selection (Creative Review, Eye, Wallpaper* and the like) in the shop next to the ticket booth. They will probably set you back more than the price of your cinema ticket but the covers feel nice and the pages smell amazing.

    So, the popping of my Cornerhouse cherry was a success, therefore I will most definitely make this my local when it comes to the moving picture.

  • 3.0 star rating
    12/5/2014
    1 check-in

    I thought I had reviewed Cornerhouse before...hm. I went for dinner a while back and the moules frites were fine but very average. The service was about the slowest I have ever experienced, I slightly suspect most of the staff were stoned. Last time I was there I had a really nice hot chocolate (even though they didn't have the promised cream and marshmallows in stock which provoked my angry face which I then had to pretend was a joke even though it wasn't). Overall it's fine for food and drink but it's not somewhere I would rush to visit again or recommend. The views are great but the interior I think is quite cold and unattractive. I do really want to try the cinema or some of the arts stuff programme, it looks like they have some very interesting stuff on.

  • 5.0 star rating
    26/1/2014

    Always a delight coming here. Feels like a PROPER cinema. With people working there that are actually interested in films and know their films. Not some mass corporation.

    It's seating capacity are much smaller than the multiplexes so for big films you do have to be careful. But people who visit the Cornerhouse are all 'proper' people. No irritating kids talking during the film!

  • 4.0 star rating
    21/1/2014
    1 check-in

    Swung by here to see a film recently whilst in Manchester for work. Fancied a bit of me time! And you can get that here. It was actually nice to relax at the Cornerhouse, grab a coffee before the film. Even a beer. it's certainly not anything like your average multiplex where you're avoiding the eye contact of your local fighty tracksuit wearers.

    Everything was new and shiny, well run, and friendly staff. The screen itself was clean and comfortable. Top marks all round.

    It reminds me of my local cinema, The Ritzy in Brixton, and that's very high praise indeed!

    Next time I'm up for work I'll no doubt prefer to work here in the evening than the hotel!

  • 5.0 star rating
    17/10/2013
    1 check-in

    I love the Corner House. Great films, drinks and food. They often show classic films, I saw and loved Casablanca here. They also offer the live streaming (and then repeating) of theatre so we were lucky enough to see the Danny Boyle version of Frankenstein with Jonny Lee Miller and Benedict Cumberbach. It was fabulous and well worth getting on the mailing list here to get advanced warning of events like this.

    If you like films then consider a membership, we've just treated my Mum to one for her birthday and it offers money off each time you go so will pay for itself in a few weeks.

    The restaurant is small but the prompt service means you never wait too long for a table. I adore the pizza here but the salads are also really special. The chefs here really know how to turn some standard ingredients into something delicious, even if you are not a salad person try them, I guarantee you will love them. If they have cupcakes on the bar and you can fit one in grab one, they are also excellent. If you can't manage one, take it home or sneak it into the cinema!

    It's really busy tonight but the staff couldn't be more friendly or helpful. Highly recommended.

  • 4.0 star rating
    13/4/2014
    1 check-in

    Always like the vibe at the Cornerhouse and fact that it appeals to a broad range of people. Went here for food yesterday and had an enjoyable evening. Began with the mixed dips and flatbreads. The beetroot and cumin dip was excellent but the houmous lacked a bit of flavour. Main was very tasty, really enjoyed the falafel burger and the skin on chips were extremely good. Service was very pleasant. Overall a great experience.

  • 3.0 star rating
    26/10/2013
    1 check-in

    Sometimes when you're aimlessly wandering around on a Saturday afternoon, you uncover a gem. I definitely think this place could be one those. Inconspicuously placed right by Oxford st station, it was the perfect place for a fly-by coffee with a friend who was passing through.

    We only had coffee (which was fine) but give a bit more time I would definitely explore this place more. Independent cinema, galleries and a cute looking shop entice any arts love to spend time here and I am most definitely an arts lover. Just across from the palace theatre, with elphaba peering down at us, we enjoyed a quirky and trendy hour catching up.
    Standard 3 stars for now, when I return am excited to hopefully promote it!

  • 4.0 star rating
    20/11/2013

    Finally after years of searching, slight exaggeration, I have finally found the perfect rainy Sunday afternoon hangout that isn't my local.  

    An afternoon of cinema, coffee and culture awaits you. The vibe is really cool, the coffee good, the food excellent and the service exceptional. The only drawback is it is a little expensive but if you want to come across as a bit of a culture vulture it is the perfect place for a first date.
    Look forward to my next visit.

  • 3.0 star rating
    21/4/2013
    3 check-ins

    The Cornerhouse is one of those Manchester gems that we're all very proud to show off to out of town friends. Externally it's got that old-school charm, with rounded front and individually lettered signage, but it's a bit of a trick as this building only houses screen one - the rest of the Cornerhouse is housed next door.

    There are 3 floors of arty goodness for you to get your teeth stuck in to, with a lovely little bookshop, gallery, bar, more cinema screens, and restaurant. Eating here in the past has generally been a dissapointment for me; overpriced lunchtime and warm food that should have been served cold and vice versa. I wouldn't come running back.

    In terms of viewing, I have seen a few flicks here, but generally the more mainstream choices they show - I'm not one for reading subtitles. Oh, how uncultured of me! You quickly get this feeling from some individuals who are patrons of the Cornerhouse, but nevermind them, they still don't know how rude it is to eat during films. Seriously. That is why I don't go to the cinema.

    Staff are always friendly and the box office system has never caused me any bother, including rarely finding myself in a queue, meaning it is a much more relaxed start to your movie viewing experience than other cinema venues. Pricing is...good - £15 for two general admission. Nothing to write home about, but they do some good offers such as the Reel Deal on a Monday and some cheaper matinee viewings of classic movies such as It's A Wonderful Life and Roman Holiday.

    Sadly, the Cornerhouse is moving venue and, soon enough, will be housed in a purpose-built shiny new venue on First Street. What will become of these buildings? Who knows.

    A great place to visit when you don't feel like tackling mobs of people and sticky floors.

  • 2.0 star rating
    19/1/2014

    Tasteful selection of food and pizza. Customer service however has been hit and miss of late. Expect friendly service from most of the staff and totally ignored by others.

  • 5.0 star rating
    13/5/2013
    1 check-in

    The Cornerhouse is one of my favourite places in the city.  If you love films (mostly art house and foreign but occasionally they have some of the bigger budget films, depending on who directed/produced/who the studio is I guess) then you will love this cinema.

    I love the intimacy of the smaller screens and the fact that this cinema is also immaculately clean, unlike the big chain cinemas which are sometimes pretty disgusting! Ok I am a little OCD, but it really is nice to sit and watch a film in a clean environment. :)  I've been coming here for years, on my own and with friends.  

    For all the artsiness of the Cornerhouse I have never found it to be pretentious, which is another one of it's charms.  There are always interesting exhibitions, and the food is also very good - I particularly enjoy the brunch on a sunday. The ticket prices are also very reasonable in comparison to the chains.

    The film selection here is a little left field, so won't be to everyone's taste, but I've had some fantastic film experiences here - including a scratch and sniff screening of The Goonies for their 25th Anniversary!  

    It will be a sad day when they move from their current site, but also an exciting one.  I love this place, go check it out if you can!

  • 4.0 star rating
    29/10/2012

    Without doubt, one of my absolute favourite (cheap!) date nights is The Reel Deal at the beautiful Cornerhouse.

    Mondays and Tuesdays, there is a stellar steal- cinema ticket, pizza, and a glass of wine/beer all for £14.50 (it used to be £12.50 but c'mon guys, it still ain't that bad!)

    For me, the partner of a film obsessive, this is superb news because...
    1. We don't have to save cinema dates for Orange Wednesdays at the heartless Printworks
    2. On what are usually quiet Monday or Tuesday nights we get a great night out. A fabulous indie flick, a stonking pizza and a tipple to wash it all down with; a marvellous start to the week.
    3. We are supporting a Manchester institution who are committed to delivering cultural gems to all of Mancunia.

    Its a win-win situation, The Cornerhouse get bums on seats on traditionally poor nights for restaurants and you can get fed, watered and filmed up. Nice one.

    So next time you're sat at home on a Tuesday, contemplating what you can concoct for your tea and an episode of Holby City (you don't like it anyway!) get yourself down to The Cornerhouse. You'll feel much better turning up for work the next day bragging about the new arthouse film that is an absolute 'must-see' daahling...

  • 4.0 star rating
    19/5/2010

    Upon walking in, I felt cool just by default. And by cool I mean a bit pretentious, in that 1998ish Boho holier-than-thou, pre-hipster revolution sort of way. In a time when art house cinema truly was cutting edge - almost as cutting as the smug attitude that now accompanies it. Before culture was vultured, if you will.

    But once I settled into a corner seat, found a plug to juice up my shiny new MacBook Pro and re-connected my iPhone, I realized - who am I kidding? This is exactly the type of place "people like me" go. What, with my fancy internet job and latest iPads and such. I would have parked my Prius in the parking lot if either existed! Glass walls, designer seating, open plan staircase, exposed beams, it was all there, like some sort of veritably cool checklist was deployed beforehand.  

    So I sipped my cheap white wine and enjoyed The Cornerhouse for what it is - a perfect open and airy stop for a glass of white and a recharge. My attitude and I will be back. And we'll probably like it just as much next time.

  • 4.0 star rating
    5/2/2012 Updated review
    17 check-ins

    It's only a little drop in rating, but I have to be honest. I do love Cornerhouse and all that it stands for, and this rating is nothing to do with the cinema whatsoever. However, upon popping in for a coffee the other day, I realised they're charging for tap soda water... and my coffee's extra shot hiked up the price to £3 or more... my eyes blurred when I saw the receipt and I don't quite remember. Yikes!

    Plus the pub quiz is so very long! Two of my best yelpers had to go home before its culmination - come on, it's on a schoolnight. Please don't make it so difficult or drawn out next time, it really is good but incredibly tough and hardcore going! I didn't get back to my bed until close to midnight.

    I think if they dropped the prices on food slightly, life would be so much sweeter. Still, gloriously passwordless free wifi and the best view of Oxford Road in town. Give me one of the fresh moist cinnabuns and you might just have that extra star back. (Wait, Rollers may have ruined all cinnabuns ever for me. Ever. Dang.)

    5.0 star rating
    1/6/2011 Previous review
    So I've already reviewed the food here, what, three times now? Why would I possibly be writing… Read more
    5.0 star rating
    6/3/2011 Previous review
    Aaaaand number four. An unlucky number in some cultures perhaps, but a very lucky number in… Read more
    5.0 star rating
    22/2/2011 Previous review
    Third time's a charm! Everything Laura N says... YES. Wifi where you don't even need a password. It… Read more
    5.0 star rating
    6/2/2011 Previous review
    I'm currently spending a lot of time wandering to and fro on Oxford Road, thanks to my new abode and… Read more
    5.0 star rating
    5/12/2009 Previous review
    Ah, Cornerhouse. Home of contemporary art, indie cinema and raspberry lager. Patronised by Helen… Read more
  • 4.0 star rating
    17/1/2010 Updated review

    As well as housing a fab art-house cinema, bookshop and contemporary art gallery, The Cornerhouse building has a bar on the ground floor and a cafe-bar on the first floor.

    Years ago, the food was disappointingly bland with a large range of bad salads, veggie dishes, flapjacks and cakes. Luckily, the kitchen seems to have undergone a bit of a transformation with a new and more tasty menu offering small plates of sweet potato wedges, baba ganoush, spiced humous and toasted pine nuts, grilled artichokes, olives and bruschetta for starters and sides. Mains range from filling burgers, harissa chicken, steak sandwiches and fish cakes to nine different stone-baked pizzas. My tip is the Formaggio di Capra which includes goats cheese, roasted peppers, sundried tomatoes and mozzarella and is a reasonable £6.95.

    Drinks wise, there's a long list of spirits, cocktails, soft drinks and Czech, Germany, Italian, English and Belgian bottled beers and pints. Favourites include the Hoegaarden and Staropramen but my favourite tipple is of course, the mojitos and Caipirinhas!

    Early evenings the cafe-bar can get extremely busy with film lovers grabbing a beer and a slice before going to see a new movie. If you get there just after a screening has started however, make a move for one of the leather sofas infront of the window. They're comfy as hell and the view of Oxford Road as the evening draws in and the Palace Theatre lights start to flicker is quietly magical.

    5.0 star rating
    17/1/2010 Previous review
    I've had a soft spot for the Cornerhouse Art Gallery ever since I saw a Karen Finley installation… Read more
    5.0 star rating
    10/1/2010 Previous review
    Alfred Hitchcock
    Orson Welles
    Jean Luc Godard
    David Lynch
    Robert Altman
    Spike Lee
    Shane Meadows
    Andrea…
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  • 5.0 star rating
    9/2/2010

    I love everything about this little cinema from the long narrow screen 1 to the cute and homely little screen 3. I love the black and white lettering which advertises which films are showing. I love the way they don't sell popcorn for chavs to throw at you. In fact, I love the way there are no scallies in the place at all.

    I've seen countless films at the Cornerhouse from a one off showing of a 70s German film about a train called 'Rheingold', to risqué South American films to more mainstream films such as 'Fantastic Mr Fox' and 'The Corpse Bride'.

    One vivid memory I have of my uni days was going to see 'Sophie Scholl - die letzten Tage' - a film about Scholl, a key member of the White Rose Movement who stood up to the Nazis. This was a really useful film for a course I was studying at uni at the time, and was introduced by a knowledgeable lady from the Goethe Institut who gave us the history and background to the film. The Cornerhouse put on many such talks, which cost nothing or just a little extra and are well worth going to. The reason why this memory sticks in my mind is because my coursemate and I had arranged to go straight to 5th Ave from the cinema, not realising we'd be in tears and not in the best of moods for an indie disco.

    Films aside, the bar and restaurant areas are wonderful, and somewhere where you don't feel ridiculous if you're sitting alone waiting for a friend or just watching the world go by. I would highly recommend the vegetarian mezze platter for 2 including gorgeous olives, hummus and baba ghanoush with pitta - a steal at £5 per person.

  • 5.0 star rating
    17/12/2012
    5 check-ins

    If you love independent cinema, art, nice classy people, good music, good coffee and good pizza you GOTTA love this place!

    I can spend a whole day here, by having a cup of tea and people watching and then checking out of the exhibitions in the afternoon and finish off with a good French/Spanish film in the evening!

    All the good films I have seen I have seen them here! Great for working alone or with friends!! And the quiz on Monday is pretty good too! :)

  • 4.0 star rating
    21/1/2010

    As the years roll by and I find myself being dragged inexorably towards the real world, it has become apparent to me that I should start enjoying places that aim for a higher standard than that of my more recent haunts. The Cornerhouse Bar is a place that delivers a very nice and relaxed atmosphere, without being overly pretentious, nor elitist.

    The prices are accordingly higher than what you would pay in many of the bigger bars around Manchester, but as Alfie said, you sometimes need that extra quality and be prepared to pay for it. The seating is comfortable and suited to the general feel of the place, so it's easy to spend longer here than you mean to.

    The fact that it also houses an art gallery and has the cinema just outside add to the overall charm. If you were just passing through Manchester and had time to visit, it wouldn't be a waste.

  • 5.0 star rating
    20/11/2011
    1 check-in

    I'm pretty easily impressed. Novel ice-cream flavours, beer choices that don't rhyme with Arlsberg, comic book shops that aren't the size of a cupboard. All these things impress me. That said, Cornerhouse is genuinely impressive.

    Arthouse cinemas have been trying to answer one question for their entire existence: "How are we going to stay in business?" Cornerhouse's answer is try to fill in a film-nerd's every other need. Bookshop, restaurant, art gallery, well-stocked bar and free wi-fi. If they had bunks and a shower, I probably wouldn't have left.

    Anyway, it's an excellent spot to turn a few free minutes into a couple of lost hours.

  • 5.0 star rating
    21/4/2010

    The Cornerhouse is a safe haven for culture vultures of all shapes and sizes, and I love it. Whether you want cinema, art or lectures, then the Cornerhouse should be your first port of call when arriving in Manchester - and guess what! - It is right next door to the train station, so you have no excuse for passing by. You lucky things!

    The Cornerhouse manages to showcase the best in cinema, art and books, but does it with effortless style, and without being uppity or elitist, which is one of the venues greatest strengths. The building in which the majority of it is housed is modern, sleek and hugely relaxing to be in (there is a lovely café/bar), and I make a point, whenever going to the cinema, to go to the Cornerhouse if possible, as so I can support its work within Manchester's cultural community.

    I have a huge fondness for the Cornerhouse, as I saw one of the best films of recent years in one of the basement cinemas. My friends and I were left speechless, and sat, gaping at the silent screen for a good 10 minutes, before finally leaving. The Cornerhouse never fails to schedule fantastic works of cinema, from Citizen Kane, through to new releases, like Precious (The film which left us stunned). The Cornerhouse fills a need in Manchester, and is one of the city's greatest cultural assets. Long may it thrive.

  • 5.0 star rating
    26/4/2011
    1 check-in

    The staff at the cornerhouse are really polite and neat and tidy.

    I went for sunday brunch, the prices ranged from five to seven pounds. I had a blt which was so delicious. It was on a lovely huge roll that was super soft. It had lots of lovely mayonnaise on it too and the bacon was done lovely and cripsy (no wibbly bits). My boyfriend had croque monsieur which was like a long submarine shaped version, it was quite mustardy and to die for. I had earl grey tea which was served in a cute cafetiere. I also had one of those cinnamon buns others have mentioned, which are enormous, not overly sweet but perfectly sugary and gritty. have have have have have.

    We went downstairs to have a beer and a bloody mary but apparently they only do cocktails upstairs, so back up we went, where we had a lovely view of Oxford street ( I always thought it was oxford road, but its not, I've been calling it oxford road for about fifty years, and im only 26).

    I will definitely go back for brunch!

  • 4.0 star rating
    8/2/2012
    2 check-ins

    The Cornerhouse is a jack of all trades sort of place. They have a cinema, a book/giftshop, a cafe/bar and also some exhibition spaces.

    It's very 'cool'.

    The cinema isn't the type of cinema which shows blockbusters, it's all international, old, independent or low budget films. Which is great, it's a place like no other in Manchester in that respect.

    The cafe is a great spot for people watching during the day, it looks out over on to Oxford Road and there's usually someone doing something funny around! Free wi-fi too which is a must for cafes now in my opinion.

    The bar hosts a pub quiz in the evenings on Mondays and the beer is reasonably prices so it's a hit with students but it tends to be a bit of an older crowd.

  • 5.0 star rating
    13/1/2009

    It's great to have an Art House movie theatre that's accessible to 1000 different forms of transportation,( including the buses to and from Didsbury so the students can come out and ruin your evening ;) )

    I've seen a couple of films here, and I like the quality of the theatre.  It's definitely more hi - tech than it looks on the outside.  

    The pub downstairs is great as well.  It's pretty busy and they have a really busy / popular quiz night, but you'll always get caught up in some sort of interesting conversation either with poser intellectuals or the real deal.  Either way it'll make your evening.

  • 5.0 star rating
    14/9/2009

    The Cornerhouse is an absolutely fascinating space that laughs in the face of the monopoly of cinema chains around Manchester (Odeon, Vue, Cineworld etc). I have been in the afternoon to see a film on my own; usually the kind of film that you can't get anyone else to part with their notes for. How many cinemas would you go to by yourself? You are there for the films. Independent, international and the quirkier side of mainstream: for these it should be your first stop.

    I've had a look at the galleries a few times (now extended until 8pm)and I'm annoyed when they're shut - it's nice to get a 'shot' of something new and fresh like a little poster exhibition when you're just meeting there for drinks in the bar. It's a good place to meet to start off your night, or before going to see a show or something but it does fill up pretty quickly.

    In the separate screen just across the road for instance, I remember seeing Corpse Bride a few years ago and they had a small exhibition with models from the film there. I've also been to a talk by the indie director Miranda July before one of her films - for around £8 altogether.

    There's a well edited selection of books in the shop to the side of the cinema box office, similar to what you see in some art galleries. Plus, you can check their website for details of their festivals, one-offs and projects.

    Cosmopolitan and multi-platform culture with food and drink, love it.

  • 3.0 star rating
    18/12/2011
    Listed in Mancy Manc

    Cornerhouse is a cute bookshop and cafe. It was extremely busy when I went in with my friend, and we had to create a make-shift table out of free chairs. We got a couple cappuccinos, which were decorated with lovely latte art hearts, and some carrot cake. The cakes were good, however, they were very small for the price.

    Service lacks greatly. Our waitress was non-existant and paid us no attention once she dropped off our order. It took us more than 10 minutes to get someone behind the counter to acknowledge us and find our bill so we could pay. If it wasn't for us being painfully honest with a strong conscience, we would have left the meal on the house.

    It's a nice place with a good view if you manage to snag a table facing Oxford Street. I hate to knock it for our experience as it was very busy, but come on..

  • 4.0 star rating
    4/11/2012
    1 check-in

    Right next to Oxford St train station, free Wifi and good lunch deals.

    I recommend the Pizza's  - excellent value, and good quality

    I can't comment on the cinema. When I worked close by it was a lunch spot.

  • 4.0 star rating
    4/5/2011

    4.5

    An asset to the city.

    Showings of some great films,
    real cinema.

    I can see Ozu and graffiti flicks in the same seat.

    Half star taken away because it's a bit too "scene" to be truly comfortable for anything else than walking through the doors and in to the theatre seat... but it's Oxford Rd.. what do we expect?

  • 5.0 star rating
    15/2/2011

    My Cornerhouse review is about the food since I didn't really know anything else went on here. I tried to find this place so many times until it hit me that I paid with my cc so here I am finally reviewing!

    On my trip to Manchester my 'guide' took me on a trek all the way to the Salford Lads Club (aka mecca) and after walking in the rain back to the city I was starving and sober so he brought me here to eat.

    I don't know why I thought ordering a Brooklyn lager was a good idea and for that I failed myself. I mean, I was in the UK....there were much better ones to choose from!

    On to the food...I still remember exactly what I ate. The cajun sweet potato wedges with the sour cream dip was divine. It was a big enough portion for two and between that and a better beer I was already full. Unfortunately for my stomach we also ordered the pizza with goat cheese and red peppers...heavenly!

    Needless to say the food was amazing and the prices matched. I was even able to save half of the pizza for my train ride back to London the next afternoon.

    ..I've dreampt about those cajun fries. Must find some in NYC

  • 4.0 star rating
    21/1/2010

    The Cornerhouse Bar is a perfect accompaniment to the fantastic cinema.  It's a great place to sit and discuss Hitchcock or Lynch, or whatever you've watched there, all of which is worth discussing.

    It serves a beautiful crisp pint of European lager and though it does cost you around £3, its well worth it.  Plus sometimes you need to sit somewhere nice and drink something nice, whatever the cost.  Upstairs the bar has a nice view of the lights of Manchester, especially the palace hotel.  Oxford road might not be the most picturesque, but it is worth watching the city go by at night from here.  Wines are actually not particularly expensive, and the cheapest bottles, both the white and the red, are pretty decent.

    You don't have to be using the cinema to visit the bar, so it's a great place to meet friends and in terms of its location, a nice halfway house between Deansgate and Town.  The food is pretty good too, nothing special but worth the money.  You can also become a member of the Cornerhouse, which entitles you to 10% off both food and cinema tickets.  You'd have to use it quite often to make it worthwhile, but I certainly wouldn't mind that.

  • 5.0 star rating
    22/2/2010

    So many times in Frasier does Niles (a man to whom I have been compared) ordered Egg Benedict.

    The Cornerhouse finally afforded me with a chance to sample this breakfast. And it was...strange.

    Five star for service, facilities, scope, range, films, bookshop, continental beers and Egg Benedict. I add my two cents here to speak of the opening hours.

    Those listed above are those of the Ground Floor Bar. This section opens earlier and closes later than all others, so its opening hours pretty much represent those of the entire business. However, each section has its own seperate opening hours, and these are listed below:

    Box Office

    Mon - Sun: 12:00 noon - 20:00

    Galleries

    Mon: Closed
    Tue - Sat: 12:00 noon - 20:00
    Sun: 12:00 noon - 18:00

    Bookshop

    Mon - Sun: 12:00 noon - 20:00

    Café

    Mon - Thu: 11:00 - 23:00
    Fri - Sat:    11:00 - 12:00 midnight
    Sun:          11:00 - 22:30

  • 4.0 star rating
    4/3/2010

    I think everything that you need to know about the Cornerhouse has already been said in these other reviews.

    Personally, I find it the perfect kind of place to bring your mum for a cup of tea when she's in town visiting. It will kind of impress her and maybe make her believe that these are the kinds of places you spend your time rather than whichever bar does the best 2-for-1's or the best happy hour.

    Personally, I think there's a lot more character to be found coffee shop wise in other places in town, but as a nice arty place to go and while away some time with a film or exhibition, the Cornerhouse is excellent.

  • 5.0 star rating
    10/4/2010

    The Cornerhouse is missing half a star in its overall review. I'd give it ten stars if I could. I've come here for just drinks, just pizza, pizza and drinks, the tea and cake, the art and of course the films. And every time this place gets my heart going. I would live here if I could.

    It's very artsy fartsy if you're looking on from the outside. Lots of kooky people wasting their days inside just to be here. Like I said, you'd want to live here if you could. Art Films Books screams at you from Oxford Road but equally deserving a mention is the menu and the staff. The atmosphere is definitely warming.

    I think Cornerhouse's pizza sold it for me in the first place, I actually rate it above many of the pizza restaurants itself. Take advantage of the "Reel Deal" on Mondays and Tuesdays where you can get a pizza, any drink and a film ticket for £12. The Cornerhouse is recommended for those who want to immerse themselves with culture but are a bit scared to do so. Just start slowly with the pizza and you'll soon be watching and loving a French film across the road. I was particularly impressed with Viva! The 13th Spanish and Latin American film festival held here. The Cornerhouse continues to please. I'll hush up now.

  • 4.0 star rating
    14/1/2009

    The Cornerhouse served, in my mind, as the National Cinema. As in, it was the place to be educated about international film, rather than the half-mainstream Printworks or the wretched Odeon.

    Although pricey, the Cornerhouse played all the essential current world cinema and facilitated wonderful lectures.

    I didn't attend enough while living nearby, and regret it.

  • 5.0 star rating
    30/10/2008

    I've never reviewed the Cornerhouse? Shame on me! This is not only the best independent cinema in Manchester, but probably the best in the North-West of England. When you add to that the fact that it's also a cool bar, then you've got something quite special.

    There aren't many like the Cornerhouse, we should rejoice that it's still going

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