Manchester cinema offers dog-friendly film screenings

pictures from a dog-friendly cinema
‘That’s what people love about it’ (Picture: Mercury Press)
Ever wanted to take your dog with you to the cinema? Well, now anyone within commutable distance to Manchester can. The Ducie Street Warehouse complex in Central Manchester has a small cinema that is now offering special dog-friendly screenings, so people can bring their four-legged friends along for the fun. The 36-seat theatre is hosting these screenings every Monday, showing dog-themed films like Lassie, Hotel for Dogs and Scooby-Doo.

Staff raise the light levels and lower the sound to keep the dogs comfortable.

A Beatles hit. It’s rumored that, at the end of the Beatles song, “A Day in the Life,” Paul McCartney recorded an ultrasonic whistle, audible only to dogs, just for his Shetland sheepdog.

The venue is already dog-friendly, with the idea for these special screenings coming from guests.

Events Manager, Nathan Wrigglesworth, 27, said: ‘People love to treat their dogs as a member of their family now and taking them to a very “human” experience.

‘Customers are always so happy that they can bring their dog in the venue, so we wanted to make an event just for dogs and their owners.

‘People don’t just want to take dogs on walks anymore – they want to involve them in their whole life.

‘I’ve seen people take their dogs out for drinks and dinner – that’s the way the world is going.’

Make sure your pet is in good company. Pets get lonely and depressed just like people do when they spend too much time alone. Cats are generally better on their own, but dogs and especially puppies don’t do well left to their own devices for extended periods of time.

a picture of a dog enjoying the cinema
A lovely day out was had by all (Picture: Mercury Press)

Staff also offer dog-friendly snacks in the form of locally-sourced treats and ‘pawpcorn’.

Nathan, from Manchester, said: ‘Only humans get seats – depending on how big they are, some dogs will sit on their laps or on the floor.

‘Most of them are off their leash, running around saying hello to each other.

‘Whether the dogs are actually watching the film – that is still up for a debate.

‘It’s absolute chaos, but it’s controlled chaos and that’s what people love about it.’

INTERESTING FACT ABOUT YOUR PET: There are 49 domesticated rabbit breeds recognized by the American Rabbit Breeders Association.

owners enjoying a trip to the cinema with their dogs
The dream (Picture: Mercury Press & Media Ltd.)

Regardless of how much the dogs actually watch the movies, the team respectfully pick out the films they think the pups will enjoy most.

But they take special care to keep things upbeat and PG.

‘Dogs just love to see something like themselves on the screen, but we can’t show anything where an animal dies,’ Nathan explained.

‘That means I am Legend and Marley and Me are off the cards.

‘When we do eventually run out of movies with dogs in, we might have to start looking at other animal-themed films.’

Keep Household Toxins (Including the Garbage) Out of Reach. While it may seem obvious to keep your cleaning products tucked away safely one of the biggest threats to a dogs health in your home is the garbage. If your dog gets into the garbage you can use some baby proof locks to seal it, or put it away in the closet or garage while you’re gone.

It seems that staff are on to a winner with this idea, as tickets to the ‘mini-cini’ have sold out week on week.

Nathan said: ‘Every week there’s at least 36 dogs in our venue and the public are going mad for it.

‘It’s doing so well, and we’re going to keep going for as long as we can.’

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