- The Printworks
in the 21st century.
Until 1986, as the name suggests, the Printworks was a printing press, owned at the time of its demise by
Robert Maxwell. The site stood derelict from 1987 until 1998, when work commenced on the new venue, opening in 2000.
It contains mostly bars and clubs, including a
Hard Rock Cafeas well as a leisure centre and a 23 screen Cinema, owned by Odeon (formerly the filmworks) and incorporating an IMAX3D screen. The Printworks was also known for being home to the Hard Rock Casinoin Manchesteruntil it closed its doors in 2006.
The Printworks was launched with fireworks display and a radio roadshow featuring many local and international acts. The headlining act of the evening was
Lionel Richiewho sung a mixture of classics and newly record material including Dancing On The Ceiling (to which he punned to the crowd "It's great that you are all dancing down there, but sometimes it's better to be dancing... dancing on the ceiling".)
thefilmworks was a flagship branch of
UCI Cinemasbefore they merged with the Odeon Cinemaschain. When the businesses merged, all UCI Cinemasand filmworks locations were re-branded to match the existing locations.
Bars & Clubs
Wetherspoon'sLloyds Number One
* Norwegian Blue
Hard Rock Cafe
Pure Magic Bar
Former Bars & Clubs
Stores & Entertainment
Former Stores of the Printworks
Books etc.- Borders (UK) Ltd.moved to Manchester Fort.
Cromwell's Madhouse- moved to Manchester Arndale Centre.
* [http://www.theprintworks.com The Printworks]
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