Duke of York's Picture House

Preston Circus,
Brighton, BN1 4NA

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Duke of York's Picture House

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Brighton’s Duke of York’s Picture House is Britain’s oldest continuously operating cinema, still showing films.

First opened by the mayor of Brighton on 22nd September 1910.

Since 1995, the Duke of York’s Picture House has been owned by City Screen/Picturehouse Cinemas who have renovated the building. It screens a mixture of first run, classic, and art-house films.

The Duke of York’s is a Grade II Listed building.

Contributed by Steve Lynch

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brighton84
brighton84 on December 3, 2004 at 2:08 am

Is this going to cause arguments? I hope not. The shortly to be re-opened, refurbished, Electric Cinema in Station Street, Birmingham opened in December 1909 and has shown films under a variety of names since.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on September 30, 2005 at 9:07 pm

Thanks to woody, a recent exterior photograph of the Duke of York’s Picture House here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/woody1969/48112013/

Ian
Ian on January 30, 2007 at 1:46 pm

Two photos of the (somewhat seedy) auditorium in 1988. It has been refurbished significantly since then!

http://flickr.com/photos/12494104@N00/374513027/
http://flickr.com/photos/12494104@N00/374513028/

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on July 25, 2007 at 11:04 pm

Here is a link to a page showing a small vintage photograph and a potted history:
View link

davepring
davepring on July 16, 2009 at 8:34 am

A fabulous cinema with an eclectic programming mix of mainstream and arthouse movies.The balcony has comfy sofas and there is a small but well stocked cafe bar with terrace at first floore level.Plans for the future include expansion into a former fire station next door to add more screens and cafe/bar

Ian
Ian on September 28, 2010 at 10:58 am

Here is a 1986 photo showing a rather run-down looking cinema:–

http://www.flickr.com/photos/stagedoor/5032764936/

davepring
davepring on April 1, 2012 at 5:54 pm

Cinema to be refurbished in the summer with new seating and decoration and an additional 3 screens to open at Komedia Brighton in Dec 2012

RHScottSpencer
RHScottSpencer on March 15, 2013 at 5:16 pm

I can remember going to this cinema as a kid during the summer holidays as it was cheap to get in about a 1- (5p). I remember you could hear the fire engines next door when they where called out to a fire etc. It was called the flea pit by some, I recall one afternoon seeing a rat running about the stalls and a woman screaming about it. I am amazed that it it still a working cinema as all the other cinemas from that time have been closed and have been or are about to be demolished.

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