Thu. May 26th, 2022

pictures from a dog-friendly cinema

‘That’s what people love about it’ (Image: Mercury Press)

Have you ever wanted to take your dog to the cinema? Well, now everyone can within commuting distance to Manchester.

The Ducie Street Warehouse complex in central Manchester has a small cinema that now offers special dog-friendly screenings so people can take their four-legged friends for fun.

The 36-seat theater hosts these screenings every Monday, showing dog-themed films such as Lassie, Hotel for Dogs and Scooby-Doo.

The staff raises the light level and lowers the sound to keep the dogs comfortable.

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

Event Manager, Nathan Wrigglesworth, 27, said: ‘People love to treat their dogs like a member of their family now and take them for a very “human” experience.

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“Customers are always so happy that they can take their dog on site, so we wanted to make an arrangement just for dogs and their owners.

‘People do not just want dogs on walks anymore – they want to involve them throughout their lives.

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

a picture of a dog enjoying the cinema

Everyone had a wonderful day out (Photo: Mercury Press)

The staff also offers dog-friendly snacks in the form of local delicacies and “pawpcorn”.

Nathan from Manchester said: ‘Only humans can fit – depending on how big they are, some dogs will sit on your lap or on the floor.

‘Most of them are without a leash and run around saying hello to each other.

“Whether the dogs actually watch the film is still up for debate.

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

owners enjoy a trip to the cinema with their dogs

The Dream (Photo: Mercury Press & Media Ltd.)

No matter how much the dogs actually watch the movies, the team respectfully selects the movies they think the puppies will enjoy the most.

But they pay special attention to keeping things upbeat and PG.

“Dogs just love to see something like themselves on screen, but we can not show anything where an animal dies,” Nathan explained.

‘That means I’m Legend and Marley and I are off the cards.

‘When we finally run out of movies with dogs in, we might have to start watching other animal-themed movies.’

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

Nathan said: ‘Every week there are at least 36 dogs in our venue and the public is getting mad about it.

‘It’s going so well and we’ll keep going for as long as we can.’

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