• 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. All standard seats are on a first-come, first-sat basis! Although, we're happy to reserve seats for large groups or other needs. Just drop us a line or give us a call.

  • 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!

  • The Royal Oak. Perfect for that post-film pint

    Just when you thought a street couldn't get any better - when you've finished watching your film, why not pop across the road the the best little boozer in Derbyshire? The Royal Oak pub is a hidden gem and you'll probably see the staff in there after shift too!

  • 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.

  • Why not 'POP' by...

    For snacks! We all get a grumbling tum from time-to-time, especially when there's such a great selection of snacks on offer. Coffee and some choc or go for a classic - Popcorn, we have some many different flavours you'll be spoilt for choice!

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.

2018 Prices

Showing films doesn’t come cheap. But we want to make sure our ticket prices are fair.

  • Adult: £8.95
  • Concession 60+ and Students: £7.95
  • Under 16’s and Unwaged: £5.95
  • Premium Armchairs: £11.95
  • Sofas to Share: £36 (with a free bottle of wine)

2019 Prices


  • Adult: £9.50
  • Seniors 60+: £8.50
  • Students: £6.95
  • Under 18’s and Unwaged: £4.95
  • Premium Armchairs: £12.50
  • Sofas to Share: £38 (with a free bottle of wine)


  • Adult: £6.50
  • Seniors 60+: £5.50
  • Students: £4.50
  • Under 18’s and Unwaged: £4
  • Premium Armchairs: £10
  • Sofas to Share: £22

Our Box Office is currently open for bookings from 6pm when the cinema is open. Any calls outside of this time will be logged in our voicemail folder and will be responded to as soon as possible. We thank you in advance for your patience.

All seats from 2019 are 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.

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

LIVE screening prices are set by the production companies and so will vary. See cinema programme for details.

Oh, and don’t forget – all members receive a £1 discount off every ticket...

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!