150 Years of Printworks

From working class hero to living legend…

Printworks wasn’t always an entertainment complex – it’s a building with great history! This November marks Printworks’ 23rd Birthday as well as the building’s 150th birthday!

Past 📰

Printworks as we now know it was originally erected as Withy Grove Printing House back in 1873. That makes this year it’s 150th Birthday! It ran successfully as a newspaper printers for over 100 years, producing publications such as the Manchester Evening Chronicle and the Daily Mirror, until it was closed in 1985.

Present 🍴

The building opened it’s doors again in 2000 following a huge redevelopment. On the 9th November we can celebrate Printworks’ 23rd Birthday! On this day back in 2000, Alex Ferguson and Lionel Ritchie were the guest celebrities opening the transformed centre to the public. Since then, A-listers have continued to pass through the doors. From all the local Corrie stars to Kylie Minogue, David Beckham and Will Smith!

Printworks continues to be a hot spot in Manchester, and is now home to Vue Cinemas with one of Europe’s largest IMAX screens, Hard Rock Café and many of your favourite restaurants, bars, clubs, health club and entertainment destinations. So instead of pulling all-nighters for looming deadlines, the centre is a place to relax and have fun, right in the heart of the city.

Future 🎬

Manchester’s favourite entertainment destination is undergoing a multi-million-pound transformation. Already larger-than-life, Printworks will soon be home to the largest digital ceiling in Europe! This show-stopping spectacular 1000m2 ceiling covers the entire Printworks internal streets showing extraordinary, creative content and special effects from day to night. In addition, visitors to Printworks will be able to interact with the screens and compete with other guests on the giant interactive e-gaming screen.

Vue Cinema have also invested millions improving the guest experience installing luxury recliner seating to complement their 20 newly refurbished screens.

Revealing early 2024!

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