Liverpool Entertainment

The city of Liverpool includes a range of entertainment options for visitors; the city includes a choice of theatres, film and cinemas, a range of live comedy venues and dance productions from traditional to opera, ballet and contemporary. There are also a number of local festivals that take place throughout the year.

Our quick guide to entertainment in Liverpool outlines a range of entertainment venues offering a choice of productions throughout the year:


Theatre lovers are well catered for with the famous Playhouse and Everyman in Liverpool. The Playhouse Theatre is located in Williamson Square in the city centre is housed inside a 19th century building and has gained a fine reputation for staging some great plays over the years. The theatre is known for its bold productions and its intense, intimate atmosphere make it a favourite among theatre goers.

The Everyman Theatre is located on Hope Street in Liverpool next to Liverpool John Moores University. The theatre is known for its pioneering productions and its productions have included some of the best British stage talent over the years. The theatre stages classics along with more contemporary plays. There are a variety of performances taking place at both theatres and it is best to check in advance to ensure a show time that is convenience with your schedule. See: Liverpool Playhouse and Everyman Theatres for more details on the theatres and performances.


Liverpool includes a number of cinemas located in the city including cinemas from larger cinemas chains such as Odeon and Cineworld to smaller and independent cinemas showing a range of British, Hollywood and International films.

The Odeon Cinema is centrally located inside the Liverpool ONE complex and features IMAX 3D. The large multi-screen cinema features 18 screens; visitors can a choice of British, International and Hollywood films.

Showcase Cinema Liverpool is located on East Lancashire Road, a few miles from Liverpool city centre. Here visitors can see the latest film releases including the best in British films and the latest films from Hollywood.

Cineworld in Liverpool is located in Montrose Way in the Edge Hill Retail Park, a short distance from the city centre. Alongside the cinema there are also a number of eateries and retail shops in the complex in the complex. Cinema goers can see the latest in British, Hollywood and International films at the cinema that includes 8 screens.

The Picturehouse at Fact is an independent cinema located on Wood Street in Liverpool inside the Foundation for Art and Creative Technology (FACT). The cinema specialises in showcasing a range of independent, foreign, art house films and a range of documentaries along with film seasons, specialist festivals and filmmaker Q & As. The cinema is well worth a visit for cinema connoisseurs


For fans of gigs O2 Academy Liverpool is located on Hotham Street close to the main Liverpool Lime Street railway station. The venue was established back in 2003 and has made a name for itself in a relevantly short space of time. The venue hosts a wide range of gigs and live events throughout the year. The venue is known for its variety of gigs with a range of artists performing live shows each year catering for different musical tastes. The venue hosts live shows of established musical names along with up and coming talent and new bands.

Other well known venues include the Cavern Club located on Mathew Street in Liverpool, most famous for its association with the Beatles, the venue hosts live music including from local bands. The Echo Arena Liverpool is located on Liverpool’s famous waterfront; the Echo Arena has a capacity of 11,000 and hosts a range of music concerts and sporting events.


For a great comedy night out why not visit the Rawhide Comedy Club, located in the famous Royal Court close to Liverpool Lime Street station in the city centre. It is well established and brings a number of great live acts. Visitors can have a meal before the performance at the venue and there is also a bar where you can have drinks after the performance is finished. The art deco bar is modelled from the 1930s inspired by the ship Queen Mary. The Rawhide Raw is an open mic comedy night featuring a range of new comedians.

Other Events

There are plenty of events going on in Liverpool, it is best to check before you visit to see if the timings fit in with your schedules.

Liverpool's football loyalties like their neighbours in Manchester are spilt between the red of Liverpool FC and the blue of Everton FC. The rivalry is strong and in a local derby game between the two you can witness the passion, commitment and will to win displayed by both sides and their supporters. Visitors can tour the stadiums for a behind the scenes view. It is advisable to book well in advance if you wish to go to a game as games are frequently sold out in this football loving city.

Liverpool has a packed events schedule with a number of events to choose from. Visitors can choose to visit the city in time for one of the events to see them first hand. Dance fans can see the Creamfields Festival in August held in Daresbury in Cheshire, fans of aeroplanes can see the Southport Air Show held in the seaside resort of Southport in Merseyside in September over 2 days with plenty of aerobatics, displays, exhibitions and attractions. There are many others and you can check before you visit see Liverpool Events for more details on a range of events taking place in the city.

The Matthew Street Festival takes place over the August Bank Holiday weekend in the city centre and is the largest free music festival in Europe featuring artists from over 30 countries from around the world. The festival started back in 1992 and has since become an annual fixture in the city that has music in its lifeblood. The festival features a range of acts catering for a range of musical tastes and for visitors of all ages. Visitors can see plenty of live music featuring cover bands, original bands and new and emerging bands.

The Aintree Grand National has been a fixture since the 19th century and is one of the best recognised races in the world. Known as the world’s greatest steeplechase the annual event takes place in April each year. The race creates plenty of local, national and international excitement and interest. Liverpool Day includes Liverpool inspired entertainment, music and sport, whilst the famous Ladies Day is a social and style occasion.

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