I was in mourning when Cornerhouse, Manchester’s best independent cinema, announced it was moving and renaming itself ‘Home’, in 2014. A truly unique venue, on a bustling corner in the centre of town, could surely never find an equal.
And then came Home. My first impression was its size – enormous in comparison, this glass building seemed a far cry from the small, quirky, triangular Screen 1 at Cornerhouse. However, stepping inside I immediately saw its potential: boasting five cinema screens, two theatres, an art gallery, a bookshop and numerous bars, it soon struck me that lack of space is exactly what held Cornerhouse back.
Home is a hub of activity, with too many events to list. A personal highlight is the annual Spanish and Latin American film festival, which hosts quality films and theatre from across the Spanish-speaking world.
The old Cornerhouse building has been bought by Manchester Metropolitan University, who are continuing to use it as an arts hub and cafe, so the truly nostalgic can always pop in for a cuppa. Though I have to say, I’m a Home convert.