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Take in a film at one of Europe's biggest indie cinemas

Converted from a 1930s art deco car showroom, the Showroom is one of the biggest independent cinemas in Europe. It's also one of the best places to spend an evening in Sheffield.

‚ÄčOn any one day at the Showroom, film listings may range from the latest subtitled indie drama from the continent, to a hard-hitting piece documentary; a kids' classic from the 35mm vaults, to a slasher movie barely aired since the early 80s.

Its programme also includes educational seasons and on-stage performances beamed in live from the likes of the National Theatre, Glyndebourne and the Bolshoi. Saturday Club keeps kids busy with crafts and films, and the Interactive club saves teenagers some pocket money. Early Doors, meanwhile, treats pensioners to coffee and cake, and Kino Bambino puts on baby-friendly screenings for parents and their newborns. Keep an eye out for festivals like Doc/Fest, Sheffield Adventure Film Festival and, not for the faint of heart, Celluloid Screams.

With a bar serving coffee and sandwiches by day and a variety of meals in the evening, it's easy to while away whole days at the Showroom. Pick up a homemade ice-cream or a pint of real ale, get settled in your seat, and wait for the projector to begin.

Written by Claire Thornley



Location: Paternoster Row, S1 2BX.
Public transport: Directly opposite Sheffield station.

Originally published on Our Favourite Places.

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