Printworks 2022

Our Transformation

Our iconic Manchester venue is set to commence its anticipated £16m refurbishment from February, which includes the introduction of Europe’s largest indoor digital ceiling.

A new 20-year commitment has also been finalised to continue the scheme’s ongoing partnership with Vue, who operate 23 screens at Printworks, including Europe’s second-largest IMAX. The cinema is set to undergo a multi-million-pound flagship refurbishment in tandem with the wider work.

Key points:

  • £16 million refurbishment
  • Vue cinema refurbishment
  • £22 million total refurbishment
  • Europe’s largest digital
    ceiling screen
  • Large interactive screen
    with social gaming capabilities
  • New entrances, lighting
    and signage

Overall, the works will see improvements made to the aesthetics of the building with new entrances, lighting and signage to make our venue more welcoming during both day and night and cater for our 24/7 audience.

The extensive work marks the first major investment since the scheme launched in 1999, and includes the installation of a 900m² digital ceiling; Europe’s largest, and a dynamic platform for audio-visual performances. Gamification is at the forefront of Printworks’ vision, with the immersive ceiling being complemented by a large interactive screen for supporting customer engagement.

Printworks will remain fully open and trading throughout the refurbishment with the programme and implementation structured to ensure minimum disruption to our venues and visitors.

Printworks has shown resilience through the pandemic and refurbishing this iconic venue remains part of our vision. The leisure sector continues to transition as visitors seek the ultimate experience with technology redefining both expectations and possibilities. Visitors will soon benefit from just that with a fully immersive and interactive environment on a scale not previously seen in the UK, making it an ideal location for existing and future venues.


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