• A Multiplex We 'Aint

    We only have a single screen for one thing, but it's more than that. When you step through our door we hope you feel at home, relaxed. Our staff aren't there just to sell you popcorn (but if you want it that's fine) but they're there to make your night special - as a night at the pictures used to be.

  • Are You Sitting Comfortably?

    Our auditorium has 52 seats mixing two-seater sofas, armchairs and orginal cinema seats, originally from the Savoy Cinema in Nottingham. We operate allocated seating so you can choose your favourite seat when you book. Go to the 'What's On' section to see the films and events currently on offer.

  • The Hidden Gem of the Peak

    Wirksworth is tucked away in the Derbyshire Dales and is still not that well known, but that's just fine with us! It's a quirky and lively place to live and visit with a strong arts based community. There's great pubs, independent shops, cafés, restaurants and lots of places to stay overnight. Just ask for details.

  • A Warm Welcome

    Step through our doors and you'll be greeted as a friend, not just a customer. Our cinema team are always on hand to provide you with the best service available. We always like to go that extra mile to make sure your night at the pictures is as enjoyable as possible!

  • Cheers!

    Gins, wine and more; we love to source locally and Derbyshire has the best of the best when it comes to the hard stuff. As the weather turns a little colder we're stocking up on tipples to warm your soul and help you sink smoothly into our comfy seats.

  • Weekly News

    If you'd like to hear about upcoming films, special offers and events, please sign-up to our weekly mail out, which is sent out on Fridays. Click the image to subscribe!

About Us

Wirksworth was without a cinema from 1967, when the original town cinema (now Stone’s Builders Merchants) closed its doors for the last time. We thought that was long enough.
The Northern Light Cinema brings back the glamour of the big screen to our town, providing a cinema fit for Wirksworth – charming, quaint, quirky, friendly, sometimes challenging but always good fun.

Got a few minutes to spare? Click Here to watch local film-maker Gavin Repton’s short film about the making of The Northern Light Cinema.

Opening Times

Monday: 6pm – 11pm

Tuesday: 6pm – 11pm

Wednesday: 11am – 11pm

Thursday: 11am – 11pm

Friday: 11am – 11pm

Saturday: 11am – 11pm

Sunday: 12pm – 11pm


Weekly News

If you’d like to hear about upcoming films, special offers and events, please sign-up to our weekly mail out, which is sent out on Fridays.



You can ring to book tickets or drop in during the hours when the cinema is open. We always try to answer right away, but if we don’t get to the phone please leave us a message with your name and number and a staff member will call you back.

Our seating is allocated so you will have a seat number with your booking. Please retain the details of your seats and arrive in time to ensure you are able to find your seat.

From September 2019 tickets no longer need to be purchased in advance, and we can now accept ticket sales on the door.

We regret that tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable.

Oh, and don’t forget to check out our membership packages for some nice discounts…


2020 Prices


  • Adult: £9.50
  • Seniors 60+: £8.50
  • Students: £7.50
  • Under 18’s and Unwaged: £5.50
  • Premium Armchairs: £12.50
  • Sofas to Share: £38 (with a free bottle of wine)


  • Adult: £7.50
  • Seniors 60+: £6.50
  • Students: £5.50
  • Under 18’s and Unwaged: £5
  • Premium Armchairs: £12
  • Sofas to Share: £24

EVENT CINEMA (National Theatre, Royal Opera House etc.)

  • Adult: £16
  • Seniors 60+: £15
  • Students: £14
  • Under 18’s and Unwaged: £12
  • Premium Armchairs: £20
  • Sofas to Share: £50.00 (with a free bottle of wine)

Age Restrictions

All our films are subject to entry restrictions set by the classification given by the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) or others. We are required to refuse admission to anyone who is below the minimum age required by the relevant classification.
–  Anyone can be admitted to films classified as U or PG
– Children under 12 can be admitted to films classified as 12A but only if accompanied by an adult (18+).
Nobody under the age of fifteen can be admitted to films classified as 15
Nobody under the age of eighteen can be admitted to films classified as 18

As we’re a licensed premise, children under 12 and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian (aged 15 or over) at all times.

If you make a mistake, let us know. We will issue full refunds. But we WILL REFUSE ENTRY to anyone who fails to prove their age if challenged to do so.

Find Us

Wirksworth is tucked away in the Derbyshire Dales, a bit off the beaten track – but that’s the way we like it.

From Derby take the A38 coming off at the Allestree island for Matlock A6. Continue on this road for 2 miles turning left at the lights just before Duffield, signposted Wirksworth, on the B5035. Continue on this road for 8 miles, entering the town on Derby Road.

We ask everyone to abide by our Good Neighbour Policy, so PLEASE DO NOT PARK ON NORTH END. This will ensure we minimise any impact onto our street, which is a mix of residential as well as commercial properties.

There are Pay & Display car parks on the Market Place and Barmote Court, FREE parking on Wood Street, onroad parking along Harrison Drive and Coldwell Street and daytime parking at the railway station.

The cinema is found on North End, on the right hand side as you approach from the CO-OP,  just across the road from the best little pub in Derbyshire, The Royal Oak.

Perfect for that post-film debrief….



The delights of the big screen should be accessible to all.

That’s why The Northern Light has invested in providing wheelchair access into the building, with a platform step lift to access the raised ground-floor level and an inclined platform stair lift to access the main auditorium. There is ample space for 5 wheelchair users, almost 10% of the audience capacity! Access to the front of the auditorium and to the raised stage area will be assisted.

Fully accessible toilets are provided as well as baby changing facilities. An induction audio loop has been fitted, and easy grip cutlery, crockery and plate guards, high chairs, baby food warming facilities and other equipment are available on request prior to your visit, to ensure everyone is able to enjoy the experience.

Our Sponsors & Supporters

We wouldn’t be where we are today without the support and contribution of all our friends and sponsors. All our vintage 1930s cinema seats, two-seater sofas and armchairs were sponsored by local businesses and individuals to help fund the cost of the re-upholstery and too many to mention friends and supporters gave their time to sand, paint, prime, plumb, drill saw and hammer!