City Centre

15 Paternoster Row, S1 2BX
0114 275 7727

Box office open every day from 11:30am (10am Monday & Thursday). Bar open until 11pm midweek, 12am on Friday & Saturday, 10:30pm on Sunday.

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Converted from a 1930s art deco car showroom, the Showroom is one of the biggest independent cinemas in Europe. It's also one of our absolute favourite places to be in Sheffield.

On 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. That's variety of a kind you just won't find anywhere else in Sheffield.

Its programme also includes educational seasons of talks and screenings, and on-stage performances beamed in live from the likes of the National Theatre, the RSC, Glyndebourne and the Bolshoi. The projectionists dust off rarely-screened reels for Cult Tuesday screenings, and stay up super late once a month to push play on the Midnight Marauder film of choice. 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 looks after parents and their newborns with baby-friendly screenings.

The monthly film quiz in the bar is tough enough to put the most expert of film buffs through their paces, while the free Showroom Shorts evenings are a great way to discover short, mostly local films over a drink and a chat. We were dead chuffed to have our own film featured in the programme once – we felt like proper filmmakers for an evening!

Keep a look out for upcoming festivals, which include the superb Doc/Fest, Showcomotion kids' film festival, Sheffield Adventure Film Festival and, not for the faint of heart, Celluloid Screams horror film fest.

And while you're there, don't forget to pick up an ice-cream from the kiosk. It's homemade, and it's completely delicious. White chocolate and gingerbread flavour – yes please!

Just across the road from the station and with its own bar and restaurant, it's easy to while away whole days at the Showroom.

Written by Claire Thornley; April 6, 2015