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7 super-cool indie cinemas for rainy days

With the weather looking a bit blah this week, don’t let rain stop play. Skip the big chains and head to our indie cinema picks across Derbyshire and Notts.

1. NORTHERN LIGHT CINEMA, WIRKSWORTH

Photo credit: Northern Light Cinema

Date night location alert. The Northern Light is a dinky cinema housed in an 18th Century malthouse in the arty town of Wirksworth. The cafe bar has recently had a refurb, bringing a bit of speakeasy class to your evening. Along with an excellent selection of cocktails, fizz and craft ales, you can book a romantic sofa for two.

2. BROADWAY CINEMA, NOTTINGHAM

Photo credit: Broadway Cinema

Broadway is Nottingham’s beloved and super cool cinema-cum-bar in the heart of hipster Hockley. The food is great, it’s brilliant for families and couples, and you can take your pick from the biggest blockbusters through to arthouse screenings. Plus on warmer evenings, the courtyard is the best place to catch the sun.

3. THE RITZ, BELPER

A sister venue to the Northern Light, The Ritz has retained a cute, traditional style with some indie luxury. It’s a personal fave of mine for the following: big comfy chairs, artisan snacks, tea in proper mugs and a decent selection of bevvys. If you’re going for a premiere, make sure you book in advance.

4. THE SAVOY, WORKSOP

One for your blockbusters now, Worksop’s Savoy Cinema has all the mod cons in a smaller package. It’s part of the respected Savoy chain of cinemas so you’re going to get a solid experience every time. Got any birthdays coming up? You can hire a private screening of your choice.  

5. THE POMEGRANATE THEATRE, CHESTERFIELD

Photo credit: The Pomegranate Theatre

I love some old school charm from my cinemas. And The Pomegranate is no exception. The Victorian 546-seater arch theatre sits in a Grade II listed memorial hall, and is the country’s oldest civic theatre. It’s still an undiscovered gem when it comes to cinema screenings though so you can stretch out and enjoy the show.

6. QUAD, DERBY

Photo credit: QUAD

The undisputed cultural hub of Derby. QUAD is a cinema, cafe bar, workshop and teaching space. Along with a huge selection of films on offer, it regularly hosts themed events and exhibitions from internationally-recognised artists. Bored kids this summer? Make sure you take a look at what creative classes are running this week.

7. THE ARC, BEESTON

The newest addition to my indie picks is The Arc. It opened in 2021 and is part of a small boutique chain of luxury cinemas. With leather reclining seats, oodles of leg room and the new ‘Hypersense’ experience (aka big screen, big sound, plenty of ‘oooh’ moments), this is truly one for fans of the big screen. There are loads of summer offers, and family tickets are available too. Rainy day blues, be gone!

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