If you have any specific access enquiries or specialist requirements not covered below, please contact Box Office on:

  • Tel  0161 200 1500
  • Customers with hearing difficulties can request information by text message on  07724 425414, and a member of staff will text a response as soon as possible.

Our buildings and accessibility

  • Cornerhouse comprises two buildings: the main building on Oxford Street and the Cinema 1 building on the Oxford Road Station Approach.
  • Our Box Office and Bookshop are fully accessible and are situated in the foyer of the main building on Oxford Street.
  • Cinema 1 is fully accessible and is situated on the Oxford Road Approach.
  • The ground floor Bar and first floor Café Bar are in the main building on Oxford Street. The first floor Café Bar is fully accessible via a lift.
  • The Galleries are on floors 2, 3, and 4 of the main building and are accessible via lifts to all floors.
  • Cinema 2 and Cinema 3 are downstairs on the lower ground floor in the main building on Oxford Street. There are steps to Cinema 2, a wheelchair lift is available. There are steps to Cinema 3, which is also accessible via a ramp.
  • There are two disabled parking bays for Blue Badge holders located immediately outside the main building. If these spaces are full, alternative parking areas can be found on the ground level of the Whitworth Street NCP car park (behind the Palace Theatre), on the ground level of the Oxford Street NCP car park (on Great Bridgewater Street). Please note: It is an offence to park a vehicle that is not displaying a badge in a Blue Badge parking bay. If you see this, please report it to a member of Cornerhouse staff.
  • Accessible toilets are on the ground floor in the main building and in Cinema 1. The main building toilet has a Radar lock (if you don’t have one, NKS keys can be ordered on the radar website). Alternatively ask for the key at box office or the downstairs bar.
  • Baby-changing facilities are available in the main building ground floor accessible toilet.

Booking tickets

To buy advance tickets for a wheelchair space (and cinema seats alongside, if required) please call Box Office 0161 200 1500. If you can’t get through, please do leave a message and we will call you back.

Services for deaf or hearing-impaired customers

  • All our cinemas have induction loops and we provide BSL (British Sign Language) screening and events. We have a portable induction loop system at our Box Office. Portable loop systems are also available on request for use in our education spaces.
  • We provide captioned screenings of films when possible. Captioning is a service for hearing-impaired or deaf people. These screenings have a transcription of the film’s dialogue in English along the bottom of the screen and may also describe the sounds in the film.
  • Our programme also contains many films subtitled into English from other languages. These may also be suitable for deaf or hearing-impaired customers.
  • Films and events available with caption subtitles and BSL (British Sign Language) are indicated on our website listings, guide and weekly calendar.

Services for blind or partially sighted customers

  • Listings are available in large print and audio CD from our Box Office.
  • Cinemas 1 and 2 are equipped with infra red audio description equipment Audio described screenings are similar to listening to a cricket or football match on the radio, having the action described to you. The normal film soundtrack comes through the cinemas surround sound speakers in the usual way, and a recorded narrator explains what’s happening on screen – in gaps in the dialogue and sound effects – through special headphones that allow the user to still hear the sound from the speakers.
  • To reserve an AD headset please email Box Office at or phone 0161 200 1500. Films are rarely available with audio description on DVD, so catch them while you can at the cinema!
  • The Audio Description is delivered from discs produced by Dolby on behalf of film distributors (a system called ScreenTalk). The distributors have to decide to pay someone to write and record the Audio Description Track. Some distributors (Warner Brothers for example) have a policy of providing AD (and subtitles) for all their films. Others will never do it.
  • Films and events available with caption subtitles and BSL (British Sign Language) are indicated on our website listings, guide and weekly calendar.

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