Updated: Friday, 5th June 2020 @ 4:07pm

Whatever floats your boat: Manchester first ever 'float-in' movie comes to Piccadilly Basin

Whatever floats your boat: Manchester first ever 'float-in' movie comes to Piccadilly Basin

By Kevin Benson

Walk in, drive in... or float in – Ducie Street car park is set to be the venue for Manchester’s most unusual outdoor cinema.

The free event at Piccadilly basin will feature an open air cinema – and due to its location next to the canal, boaters can enjoy the films too.

It is organised by Piccadilly Partnership and CityCo in association with The Printworks as part of the 2012 Canal Festival, and will open on Wednesday 22 and Thursday 23 August.

Alexandra King, Piccadilly Partnership director said: “This is a really unique opportunity for boaters, local residents and those who work in the area to come together to enjoy the Piccadilly Basin.”

The first film to be screened will be Captain America, which incidentally was filmed in Manchester in September 2010.

Those in attendance will also be able to take part in a Twitter vote-off to choose which film will be screened on the Thursday evening.

The three choices all share a watery theme, but sadly Kevin Costner’s belly-flop action flick Waterworld, is not among them.

The choices are; quirky comedy-drama The Life Aquatic, animated favourite Finding Nemo and classic thriller Jaws.

Fred Booth, Centre Director, The Printworks is sure the event will be a momentous occasion for Manchester residents.

“We’re delighted to be involved in Piccadilly Partnership’s first ever drop-in movie screening helping us to bring cinema to fans outside of The Printworks,” he said.

The event will be on a first come, first served basis and it will cater for up to 450 people.

Award winning Northern Quarter restaurant, Ning, will also be serving hot noodles on the evening.

The Canal Festival 2012 will run between Saturday 18 and Sunday 26 August, offering activities along the length of the Rochdale Canal between Sowerby Bridge in West Yorkshire and Manchester city centre.

Ian Price, Chairman of the Manchester Branch of the Inland Waterways Association said: “The Waterways Association clearly supports any use of the canals or facilities for boaters and encourages any new use of the canal.

“We welcome it and look forward to seeing how it works out,” he added.

Lucy Rogers, Development Manager for The Waterways Trust said: “The canal side movie is an exciting addition to our Canal Festival programme and is opening up Rochdale Canal to a new audience in the city embracing the canal side setting.”

Lucky film fans arriving early will also be treated to larger-than-life projections of the 40 winning images short-listed for Manchester Photographic’s Urban Canal photography prize.

Gates open at 6pm on both days, with the shows beginning at 8:30pm.

For the Twitter vote-off, tweet the following hashtags to get your choice of film screened on the Thursday night: #thelifeaquatic #findingnemo #jaws to @piccadillymcr by Sunday 15 July.

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