Address

Duke of York's Picture House,
Preston Circus,
Brighton,
BN1 4NA.
0871 704 2056
http://www.picturehouses.co.uk/cinema_home_date.aspx?venueId=doyb

Ages

Depends on the film.

Cost

Please check the website, as the cost depends on the day/time of the film. However, we are delighted that the Duke of York's Picturehouse are to offer a number of free tickets to children and their befrienders at their Saturday morning 'Kids Club.' Cinema trips are something well outside the budget of the children we befriend and so we are excited about being able to provide them with this opportunity.

Facilities:

Cinema
Snacks & drinks
Toilets

How to get there:

Bus routes 5, 5A and 5B from the town centre pass near the Duke of York's, as do night buses to Falmer. Brighton train station is 15 minutes’ walk away. London Road station is 5 minutes’ walk away (with half-hourly services to Falmer in the evening). As a courtesy to local residents Duke of York's customers are asked to avoid bringing their cars into the streets surrounding the cinema. There is a multi-storey car park nearby, off London Road (free after 6pm).

Extra Info:

The Duke Of York's cinema opened on 22 September 1910 and was one Brighton's first picture palaces and also one of the first cinemas in the world. It was built on the site of the Amber Ale Brewery, the walls of which still form the rear part of the auditorium. The architects were Clayton & Black. The building remains largely unaltered, it even retains one of its boxes in the balcony area. The original colour scheme was red and cream.

The Duke's was always a quality cinema for the more discerning patron, its marketing tagline for many years was "Bring her to the Duke's, it is fit for a Duchess." The name came from the West End theatre which its first proprietor Mrs Melnotte-Wyatt was also associated with. Being slightly outside the town centre, the Duke's catered for its local audience and this has been its saving grace. While other cinemas in Brighton came and went, the The Duke of York's has remained in continuous operation and recently celebrated its 95th birthday.

The cinema has operated as an arts cinema since 1981 and has passed through several owners and suffered various indignities including punk rock concerts. The cinema was in a shabby state when it was purchased in 1995 by City Screen who have invested in the building and returned it to its former glory.

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