The great thing about small independent cinemas is just that, they’re small. And with small comes better service, a better atmosphere and better conversation. So make yourself at home, order yourself a drink to two from the bar and maybe something from the kitchen. Sit back, relax and say hello to the table next to you – who knows, it could be “the beginning of a beautiful friendship”.
We know even the mainstream cinemas have moved into a more ’boutique’ offering these days, but we like to think we’re still ahead of the curve.
Housed in the ground floor of an 18th century Malthouse, the cinema is hidden behind our take on a Wirksworth speakeasy, with cocktail booths and a menu to match. Pull aside the velvet curtains and enter our auditorium, mixing sofas, armchairs and vintage cinema seats rescued from the Savoy Cinema in Nottingham. And with digital projection and 7:1 Dolby Surround sound, we’re up on technology as well as style.
Every seat has its own side table as well as at-seat ordering, so if you fancy an Old Fashioned with your Bogart, or a Martini with your Bond, you’re just a few taps away from it being delivered to your seat.
And if you really want to make a night of it, we have our very own ‘royal box’ designed by local interior legends, Blackpop. The Blackpop Box houses a sofa for two, complete with every luxury you could shake a gilded stick at, with the option of up to two additional armchairs – and even bubbly on arrival! (Crowns and tiaras are optional)
As we’re small and independent it seems only right that we stock our drinks from like-minded suppliers. So you won’t find your regular big brands on ours shelves, but carefully selected drinks chosen for their sustainability, ethical trading or their location. So our gin is distilled just 6 miles down the road by of friends in the White Peak Distillery, our beers from Buxton Brewery up the A515 and all our wines are organic or biodynamic. There’s no compromise on quality either, far from it, as you can tell yourself as you drink your way through our cocktail menu! We focus on serving the classics as they should be served – with a focus of alcohol, not ice. Serious drinks, for cocktail connoisseurs.
Nestled in the rolling hills of the Derbyshire Dales, on the edge of the Peak District National Park, the market town of Wirksworth is rightly described as a hidden gem. Its architectural heritage is as varied as its vibrant arts scene, and its community has forged of an independent spirit based on hard labour and ale – mainly down to its mining pedigree, but the locals do their best to respect tradition.
Wander through its maze of alleyways and near-hidden passages, or relax on the town’s own StarDisc, set in the community’s Stoney Wood, before heading back into town for a pint at the Feather Star or Royal Oak pubs and you’ll start to get the idea.
And if you want to make a weekend of it, there are plenty of options these days thanks to AirBnB and the local spirit of enterprise. But, if you’re here for an hour or staying for a week, try to shop local. We’ve a great range of independent shops, cafés and pubs who’d really value your support – plus you’ll get to meet the locals.
The delights of the big screen should be accessible to all.
That’s why The Northern Light Cinema has invested in providing wheelchair access into the building, with a platform step lift to access the raised ground-floor level and an inclined platform stair lift to access the main auditorium. As well we screen regular, monthly films with closed captions especially for people with hearing loss.
We only have one position that’s accessible by wheelchair – it just happens to be the best seats in the house – The Box. You can book as normal with prosecco on arrival for £50, or if your prefer, without for £30 – but please contact us to book this option for you.
Our regular monthly captioned shows are on the last Wednesday of the month at 2pm. The auditorium is equipped with a hearing loop that works with hearing aids to improve the experience of all screenings. Visit the What’s On page, then filter your search by clicking on ‘Captioned’ to see which films are screening.
If you require assisted access, or any other additional support, please contact us prior to booking your tickets so our small team can be well prepared for your arrival.