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Altered/Space has been at work transforming Sale's Stanley Square since 2021. Credit: via Rumpus PR

Cinema letting for Sale’s Stanley Square

Altered Space has agreed on a 15-year lease with Manero Cinemas to open its sixth cinema.

Manero has taken 5,000 sq ft to open The Northern Light, a 153-seat, three-screen independent cinema, which will offer low-energy laser projection and a seating mix of armchairs and sofas.

Work is set to begin on the unit later his year with the cinema scheduled to open its doors early next year. Meanwhile WHSmith will vacate the unit at the end of September.

Tony Mundin, owner and managing director of Manero Cinemas, said: “We are thrilled to bring an affordable, luxury experience to Sale for everyone to enjoy a regular trip to the cinema.

“Stanley Square seemed like the perfect location to open The Northern Light, due to the welcoming community of tenants and its revitalised aesthetic.”

The Northern Light is the latest of almost 20 independent tenants to move to Stanley Square since its redevelopment began.

Footfall has increased 8% year on year as a result of the work being done according to town centre asset manager Altered Space.

The ongoing regeneration project is focused on supporting local independents and encouraging community collaboration to develop a fully-let, mixed-use asset.

Michael Brown, director of Altered Space, said: “The new luxury cinema will be a great addition to Stanley Square, further adding to our list of strong independent traders.

“The Northern Light will contribute to Sale’s growing town centre economy, particularly complementing our existing food and beverage outlets. Regeneration is an ongoing process and we look forward to fulfilling further opportunities throughout the year.”

The multi-storey car park at Stanley Square is undergoing £750,000 worth of work scheduled to be completed by October this year to deliver 220 spaces.

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This is fantastic for Sale. The Manero group have done a fantastic job with their other ventures, so it’s great to see the cultural capital of the town recognised. So important to have the improved F&B supported by a new cultural / leisure asset.


This is fantastic news for Sale. With all the independent restaurants in Stanley Square, this cinema will be a welcome edition.

By Kate

Another Cheshire town that’s on the up

By Anonymous

Very sad to see Sale go this way. It used to be a place for locals to shop and gather, now all the locals feel pushed away and unwanted. Removing WHSmith is the latest in a long line of screw ups with this development

By Anonymous

Great addition to Stanley square.. definitely something our family will use.. we love the Everyman cinema in Altrincham.. and if the same atmosphere can be achieved here then that’s a win win fir us sale residents.

By Keith jones

Huh? WHSmith is still there. Anyway, look forward to this cinema

By Nik

    Hi Nik, you are quite correct – WHSmith is vacating the unit at the end of September and the story has been amended to reflect this.

    By Rory Sheehan

Great news for Sale, well done to all involved!

By Anonymous

Sale benefits from housing Manchester’s high earners. This is a good addition to an already great offering.

By Elephant

I love living in Greater Manchester

By Anonymous

Good news, even if a bit different to the purpose built cinema that was originally planned. Hoping to see some of the residential that was planned delivered in the not too distant future!


It’s a pity to lose the WHSmith. That means one less convenient place to shop in Sale. We’ve already lost all our local Hardware shops which is inconvenient. Smiths is a good brand too. In fairness it never appeared that busy and I wondered how they made a profit as a physical store. How will a luxury cinema really improve Sale life? Im not sure really. I keep an open mind though. Maybe the lease should include a trial period of 2 years or something to see what the impact is ?

By Anonymous

Will the cinema be fully welcoming and assessable for wheelchair users

By Anonymous

Is there not a large former cinema on Washday road nearby? why not’ repurpose that?

By Samuel Goldwyn

Because Samuel Washway Road is a dump and parking is bad

By Anonymous

I think the old Wilkinsons ( Poundland) should be a market hall with independent sales of anything and everything like the old markets

By Dawn Cox

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