Look inside Mayfield Manchester’s festive pop-up cinema and Narnia-inspired transformation


A railway arch of a disused train depot has been transformed into a magical festive pop-up cinema in the lead up to Christmas.

The Mayfield Depot, which has also been home to Manchester International Festival and Warehouse Project collaborations in recent weeks, will now be turned into a winter wonderland.

Guests will arrive at Mrs Claus’ living room, and enter the railway arch through a Narnia-inspired wardrobe into an enchanted forest.

Through the igloo tunnel is the forest’s centrepiece, a 14 foot Christmas tree.

Next, cinema goers will be greeted by the big man himself, Father Christmas.



Magical Cinema Experience, based in the arches on Temperance St

In the railway arch next door is a workshop and craft area hosted by Underway, where there will be various masterclasses across the four weeks including a toy boat making workshop, origami stars and ceramics. All classes are drop in for ticket holders.

Next is the street food village with three traders including Dim Sum Su, serving ‘Chinese food with a twist’ including salt n pepper fries, crispy beef bao and Karaage fried chicken bao.



Popcorn at the Mayfield pop-up festive cinema

There is also The Lobster & Chip Company, serving lobster brioche rolls, lobster mac n cheese and loaded skin on chips, as well as Go Get Stuffed serving burgers.

In the final arch is the cinema – lit up in festive colours, there are rows of tables and seats with beanbags at the front. A pile of blankets await to keep cinema goers warm. The heaters are pumping though so it’s surprisingly toasty.

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At the back of the cinema is a popcorn and candyfloss vendor and a fully stocked bar serving cocktails, mocktails, hot chocolates and boozy versions too. There’s also beers, wine, prosecco and soft drinks.



Mayfield has been turned into a winter wonderland

For the next four weeks in the run up to Christmas, Mayfield Manchester will be showing classic films each weekend, including The Greatest Showman, Love Actually, The Holiday, Elf, Gremlins, The Polar Express, Home Alone, Home Alone 2, Die Hard, and Santa Claus The Movie.

Many of the screenings will be accompanied by live performers such as stilt walkers and fire breathers for Greatest Showman, and gospel choir during Christmas classic Love Actually.



Lois Clapcott works on the set

The Magical Christmas Movie Experience opens on Friday, November 23 and takes place from Friday to Sunday every weekend until Sunday, December 16.

Doors to the enchanted forest and food court open at 6pm on Thursdays, 5pm on Fridays and from noon at weekends. The entrance to the cinema can be found at railway arch number eight on Temperance Street.

Tickets for films start from £14.99. For film listings and to book tickets, visit: magicalchristmasmovieexperience.com .



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