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  • “The popcorn is delicious and the films are always art-house.none of this blockbuster rubbish.” in 20 reviews

  • “There are also bigger seats on the balcony so you can sit in couples.” in 12 reviews

  • “Quite often they will live screen a theatrical event from London or the ballet from Moscow.” in 8 reviews

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  • 5.0 star rating

    Since I'm a cinephile, Duke of Yorks plays a great role in my life. Together with Duke's @ Komedia, these are only places in Brighton, where you can enjoy proper cinema.

    To start with environment. As I know, It's the oldest cinema theatre in the UK which is quite impressive. The design brings you back to the behinning of the 20th century, where you can experience the whole revolution of the cinema.

    Programe. Most of film shown here are new independent films, which is really good. Ive never attended other kinds of screenings, but you can watch stuff like live theatre or eurovision here, which is really cool.

    Memberships are great there. You get reasonable discounts, which are valid for all picturehouses (as a student, I often pay around around five quid for a ticket, which is obviously cheap), plus there are great discouts by the bar (this summer, member get, I think, 20% discout). Very fascinating is that they also cooperate with MUBI, and when buying a membership, you get free access for three months to MUBI films.

    One tiny thing..I love that they give hand moisturizer in the rest rooms, so nice. :D

    The only thing which makes me very upset, is that they don't do enough screenings. Hey, Duke of Yorks, I loved the 'childhood cinema' during Brighton festival (which was, in my opinion, very successful), as well as Pop-up in Preston Manor, why not to do that more often? Besides the new independent films, I would suggest to make 'week of classics', 'week of French films', 'week of student films', 'week of experimental cinema', film night, short film screenings, etc. More, please, more films!

  • 5.0 star rating

    What a place! One of the most 'Brighton-y' things to do if you're new to the city and want to immerse yourself in the local hot spots.

    Since collaborating with Duke's at Komedia, this original 1900s cinema is a lot less busy than it used to be on weekends, it's the perfect solution to a rainy day.

    I've been to see so many different cult/independent screenings here as well as some major blockbusters. The Road, Django Unchained, The Trip (with guest appearance from Steve Coogan!) so many others... I love how The Duke of Yorks capture the balance of underground screenings and must-see epics.

    The venue itself is so beautiful they actually have a licence for marriages. But it's extremely popular so I'd say you'd need to book asap if you're thinking about tying the knot somewhere down the line... (and be sure to add me to your invites list!)

    Why go here and not the Odeon/Cineworld?

    -There's awesome sofas to kick back and enjoy the show (if you arrive there early!)
    -There's a much cosier atmosphere... like you're in a living room with about 100 strangers y'know?
    -They do Orange Wednesdays
    -They have awesome deals for picture house club members! (I was gifted a year's membership that gave me 3 free tickets to any screening I'd like, discounts on all future tickets/beers/popcorn etc and a whole load of private announcements for epic film screenings like Titanic)

    Why replicate the more commercial movie experience when you can visit an eccentric slice of Brighton's history just a bus ride away from town? It's a must-visit :)

  • 5.0 star rating

    We went here over Christmas to see It's A Wonderful Life. I love these old time cinemas, and this one is no exception. The interior is nice, reasonably well maintained. The seats are comfy. The bar is very crowded prior to showings, so you have to squeeze in a bit. We ordered red wine to go with our film, and it wasn't particularly nice, but as an American, I am sold on the novelty of getting to booze whilst watching movies, so not bothered.

    The best bit? The audience clapped at the end of the movie. Very nice.

  • 4.0 star rating

    If you want a comfy theatre that serves a wide variety of snacks and drinks then Duke of Yorks is your theatre. The building is beautiful and it definitely enhances your movie experience.

    Why waste your money at the Odeon or Cineworld when you can have an enjoyable theatre night at Dukes?

  • 5.0 star rating
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    The Duke of York Picture House just sums up Brighton to me. Its a really great alternative to the giant corporate cinemas that have taken over the country in recent years.

    Built in 1910, it has been officially recognised as Britain's oldest cinema. It also has a pair of giant legs protruding from the roof - what more could one ask for!

    Inside, it only has one screen, so they carefully pick and chose which movies to show. There is usually a great mix of new releases (well chosen), old classics, foreign films and independent projects. Quite often they will live screen a theatrical event from London or the ballet from Moscow. There really is something for everyone here.

    Tickets are slightly more expensive than other cinemas, but a bargain when you realise what you are getting for your money - a whole cinema experience. There is a counter downstairs and a bar upstairs with seating area and a great balcony. A great place to catch up with friends even if you are not seeing a movie. As well as the usual soft drinks, sweets and popcorn, you can also purchase hot drinks, alcoholic beverages and homemade cakes, all of which can be consumed while watching the film.

    The seats are comfy and the ambiance is perfect. There are even sofas on the balcony for an extra special treat. I cannot emphasis enough how much I love this place - a true gem of independent cinema.

  • 5.0 star rating

    I heart the Duke of York.

    Britain's oldest running cinema, it's an old fashioned picture palace with comfy velveteen seats, strip lighting and a proper raised stage. There's only one screening room but they manage to show all kinds of gems from new art house and world cinema films like Caramel and Broken Embraces to independent British flicks like Andrea Arnold's Fishtank.  

    Film fanatics should sign up for membership. It's only £30 a year and for that, you get three free tickets and money off every other film you see.  You also get exclusive tickets to previews but I've got to be honest, in the time I've been a member there's only been two!

    As well as screening truly inspiring films you wouldn't see at a multiplex, Duke of York puts on late night screenings, funny double bills, special events for pensioners and mothers and babies and truly awesome gigs. I saw Kurt Wagner from Lambchop play here recently and it was a truly magical night. I'd give them five stars for the atmosphere and inspiration but Duke of York get extra brownie points for the great music always playing in the foyer and the fact the cafe sells great chocolate, coffee and Lick frozen yoghurt. If I didn't have a job, I'd probably go every day!

  • 5.0 star rating

    With pirates surfing the seven seas of the internet, the film industry has had to keep a steely eye on its booty and think of new ways of attracting audiences to cinemas. 3D glasses bring out the inner Clark Kent in all of us, but sometimes it is the simpler side of one of the nation's favourite pastimes that will continue to draw in the crowds.

    Having showed it's first film almost a century ago (September 1910 to be exact) the Duke of York's Picturehouse - situated on Brighton's busy thoroughfare Preston Circus - is steeped in tradition and historical ornament. From the single grand screening hall, with its splendid viewing balcony, to the gents toilets which wouldn't seem out of place in the bows of the Titanic, this delightful building reminds us why we want to pay to go to the movies. Cinemas such as this make for an enjoyable and worthwhile experience, much preferable to watching the pixellated online version of the same film shot hand-held in a scruffy multiplex in Kansas or Mississippi.

    Everything from the classic film posters to the antique-looking popcorn machine make a nostalgic smile appear on your face. The seats are spacious and comfortable, the screen is a good size and the sound quality and volume are both better than some of the multiplexes in the city. With a programme of independent, World and Hollywood cinema, along with kids' screenings and some cinematic classics to boot, there really is something for everyone. With friendly staff and the upstairs café/bar offering balcony views of the surrounding area you can really turn watching a film into a good old night out at the Duke of York.

    Check out picurehouses.co.uk for programme information and showing times.

  • 5.0 star rating

    The Duke of York's has been running since 1910, so we decided there was no better place to go watch the dreamy Colin Firth play the stuttering Duke of York himself. The cinema is actually the, "oldest continuously operating cinema in Britain" according to Wiki, which is some mean feat considering the threat from huge multiplex's these days.

    The building's facade and interior remain mostly unchanged and it's simply beautiful. The entrance is particularly inviting with a gorgeous checker tiled floor. With only one screen ,a small bar, and a waiting area, everyone is left to mingle before a film and there's a real sense of what proper cinema is all about. This is also attributed to the clientele that this type of art house cinema attracts and we met some great critics to chat to over a beer in the bar whilst we all waited. They also serve cakes and coffee, which although overpriced were delicious.

    The screen itself is fairly large and the velvet covered chairs are luxurious, with oodles of leg space, and are possibly the most comfy cinema chairs I've ever experienced. You can almost imagine a piano at the corner of the screen which would have been played to accompany films back in the early 1900's, it's just so quaint! Seating is mainly on the ground floor, whilst a small balcony overlooks. Standard full-priced tickets are reasonable at £8, whilst for an extra £4 you can sit up there and enjoy a grand view.

    Their programme is great too, often showing art films, old favorites' (Jurassic Park is up next  for one evening in January) and ballet and opera from around the world which is streamed live. I think I am in love.

    This is THE only place to watch a film in Brighton as far as I'm concerned and if you're passionate about cinema The Duke of York's is a real treat.

  • 5.0 star rating

    This is a charming, picturesque little cinema in the Preston Circus area, and a great place to catch some of the newer independent movies, as well as the occasional blockbuster. I wouldn't come here for any new releases by any of the big studios: however, for anything a bit more arthouse, niche or just a bit more in need of a pint with the film.

    That is really the big selling point here for me: I can watch films with a pint in hand, the perfect way to sit through anything that might get a bit dull or difficult along the way. That's a bit negative: I just like drinking, and thus being able to do so while doing my second favourite activity (watching films) is a great service to offer. Also, my film viewing often skews into the pretentious, arthouse category, so the Duke of Yorks is a great place to catch some of the things that the Odeon, with it's core crowd of advertising-influenced sheep and families, will not show.

    If you like your films, but sometimes in foreign languages or with less explosions, the Duke of York's is the best place to go. However, I saw Kick-Ass here last week, and it was made all the better by having a pint in one hand, and sitting among comic book geeks: bliss.

  • 5.0 star rating

    I LOVE this place! A proper old school cinema, that's as good for a date as it is for the kids.
    You get a really good range of films here, showing everything from the latest foreign language gem; old fashioned black and white, or the latest American cult movie.
    If you're lucky enough to be on a date, have a little luxury and book one of the sofas on the balcony - almost guaranteed to get you a kiss at the end of the night.
    I said almost!!
    Plus, they have a really cool kids club on a Saturday morning, which has saved me on many a rainy day. Most of the films are aimed at the younger clientele, so don't drag your teens down - unless they've been really naughty.
    All in all, the perfect day out for couples, the family, or even on your lonesome...

  • 5.0 star rating

    This is the oldest Independent cinema in the country and a real breath of fresh air from the multi-mega plexes that dominate the industry these days.

    They show a lot of indie movies, the odd old school classic or cult film and occasional blockbusters. They also have late night screenings on the weekend starting at midnight. There is only 1 screen, but the whole cinema retains the architecture of a picture house. All they are missing is an organist!

    You can also become a member of the cinema and get better rates on movies or preferential seats/screenings. There is also a saloon bar for a quick pint before the movie starts and as long as it's in a plastic glass you can take your drink in with you. The upstairs balcony also backs onto the bar, should you wish to duck out for a refill.

    They show a pretty wide range of movies that you just wouldn't get to see in an Odeon and it's also nice to watch something like Taxi driver or other classics. It's a good place to keep an eye on during the Brighton festival for some special screenings and their website let's you know what is upcoming.

    It's really nice to see somewhere like this still doing well and also not just selling out to Hollywood blockbusters.

  • 5.0 star rating

    Think of cinemas and your head is filled with thoughts of sticky floors and stale popcorn. Unsurprisingly, in Brighton, things are different. Gone are the XXL cups of coke that cost more than Antigua, at the Duke of York's the offerings are homemade carrot cake and Czech lager.

    Celebrating its centenary year, this cinema cannot be missed if you are either living in, or visiting Brighton. The seats are comfortable, the theatre stunning and the crowds electric. Such was the Duke's importance to Brighton that many celebrities donated money to restore the Cinema.The back of the seats are littered with the names of local and national celebrities who helped keep the cinema alive.

    You won't find Avatar here, nor will you find the latest Hollywood 'romcom', but instead a very studious set of the world's best independent cinema. Special themed 'Lord of the rings' and 'Eurovision' nights mean you aren't just limited to a 90 minute treat, but a host of good nights out.  

    An absolute must.

  • 5.0 star rating
    First to Review

    The Duke of York's is something of an institution. Now owned by City Screen, this independent-style cinema specialises in cult, indie and foreign-language films, as well as re-runs of the odd classic.

    Opened in 1910, it's one of the first commercial cinemas to still be in operation, and the interior - complete with balcony - is largely unaltered. The main auditorium is decorated in warm, cosy colours, although it suffered during the late 1970s as a venue for early punk rock concerts. Happily, it has now been restored to its former glory.

    You can tell it's going to be different from the facade - which has a pair of legs sticking out, Folies-Bergeres style, from the top left of the facade. For a start, the auditorium is licenced, so you can takes alcoholic drinks with you to consume during the film. And the choice of films is definitely not mainstream (venues showing foreign-language films are a dying breed, these days).

    On Saturday mornings there's a Kids club, with activities and a children's film (though presumably they don't take advantage of the alcohol licence...) and they can organise children's birthday parties too. At the other extreme of the age range, on Tuesdays the over-60s can see an early-afternoon film for just £3.50, and receive complimentary tea, coffee and biscuits!

    It's a membership venue as well (although it is not a requirement to see a film). Members can attend all sorts of specials events, screenings and receive discounts for their £28 a year (2008 prices).

    The cinema has a pleasant cafe-bar, open during the day, with a balcony for nice weather (although the din of Preston Circus road junction may not be quite so nice) and wi-fi (free to customers). The cinema has limited accessibility for those with a mobility impairment - full details are on its web-site.

  • 5.0 star rating

    When I was a kid, going to the cinema was an adventure - big comfy seats, big screens, glamour.....
    And then I got older and the cinemas all became multiplexes with numerous small screens and dirty floors.
    Duke of York's brings back a little of that old magic, both for kids and adults. The commitment to the art of film is obvious here - carefully selected films include small arty pics and the better end of Hollywood, but they are all here for their artistic merit, not just to make money. Special screenings for kids and initiatives such as screenings for those suffering from autism help make this a truly accessible place for all film lovers.
    There is just one, huge, screen, and coming here feels more like going to the theatre than the cinema.....a real event..

  • 5.0 star rating

    I can't see anyone giving this place less than 5 stars. Its an absolute gem of a cinema that you will find no where else on the planet. To start off with, you can have a sit outside on the balcony and enjoy a cold beer and a cigarette while you wait for your film to start. They also sell some lovely cake too. Then once you're ready, you can go and sit in the amazingly comfortable seats inside and enjoy your movie.

    They do show mainly foreign or art house movies here but thats fine by me.

    • Qype User warrio…
    • London
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    5.0 star rating

    I'm a massive fan of Picturehouse cinemas, and on my recent rip to Brighton finally got round to visiting the Duke of York's Picturehouse. To get to it you have to walk along the most horrendously high streety road in Brighton, but once you've marched past all the yukky chains your reward is this quirky little place.

    On entering we were greeted by Michael Jackson's Greatest Hits on the stereo, and as we boogied our way across the foyer to see about getting tickets I spied a cooler fridge containing bottles of organic cider. That's my kind of cinema!

    As members of the Ritzy Picturehouse (qype.co.uk/place/66465-R…) in London we were entitled to use one of our members freebie tickets at the Duke of York's, and were given special passes for the newly done upper balcony. Cue the comfiest sofa I have ever had the pleasure of reclining on, and bye-bye film. Well, I didn't sleep through all of it but passing out for 10 minutes halfway through did make it a little harder to follow.

    If you're someone who can stay awake in the middle of the day to watch a film, enjoy the lovely sofas, but if can't OR you have eye problems and have very cleverly left your glasses at home (like me), it's probably wise to sit downstairs. From the balcony the screen looks about the same size as if you were watching the film on your laptop, on your lap.

    What a lovely cinema though, and next time I think I will be partaking of that there cider, sitting downstairs and wearing my glasses.

    • Qype User Alice_…
    • Brighton
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    • 224 reviews
    5.0 star rating

    If you reckon that your idea of the perfect cinema experience is a huge multiplex with ridiculously overpriced popcorn and enormous buckets of cola wedged between the seats, think again. The Duke of York's Picturehouse offers you something completely different. I takes you right back in time to the days when cinema-going had far more ceremony and novelty.

    The films shown here are far more independent and 'arty' than in your average Odeon and whilst there's usually at least one recently released film showing, they regularly screen much older movies and documentaries. Sometimes, they'll even stage Q&A sessions after the screenings  for example, director Mike Leigh did a live Q&A session via satellite link-up to celebrate the release of 'Happy-go-Lucky.' See? Novelty.

    The picturehouse was established in 1910 and is in a gorgeous, old-fashioned building. It's pretty easy to spot  mainly because there's a huge pair of black-and-white stripy legs kicking out of the roof. Inside, there are two levels of seating  classic cinema-style seats downstairs or super-comfy sofas up on the balcony.

    Unlike most horrific, junk-filled, overpriced multiplex fare, here you can enjoy a freshly ground coffee with a piece of cake or even a nice, cold alcoholic beverage during your film. This is the place for you traditionally hate going to the cinema, and prefer a little bit of class with your movies.

  • 4.0 star rating

    Nice place to watch a foreign (or any) less blockblustery movie. The interior isn't as fancily decorated in Jugendstil baroque as some of the California theaters I have been to, but there is definitely a charm to this place. It's actually relatively small, the screen is average, not huge. There is a great little balcony outdoors to sit before the movie, they have drinks, some snacks.
    I didn't care for the somewhat smelly interior, perhaps the chairs? But it didn't bother after a minute or so.

    • Qype User george…
    • Brighton
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    • 258 reviews
    4.0 star rating

    This cinema offers a better class of movie. It leaves the USA junk to the main stream cinemas. At present it is trying to raise funds for roof repairs. This venue offers opera to European classics to children events. Brighton is spoiled by having an intelegently managed cinema.
    The building is of the old classic cinema style. The interior is clean and not one bit is wasted. It offers a friend club. on enrolling you get 2x cinema tickets.

    • Qype User saltat…
    • Brighton
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    • 24 reviews
    5.0 star rating

    One of the perks of an independent cinema is the films it shows. The multiplexes may try to seem varied but a lot of the time some of the smaller films get left by the wayside. That is why I am thankful for the Duke of York's.

    The films they show vary from independent and arty films, to documentaries, Friday night screenings of classics and even the occasional mainstream fare. I also saw Mark Kermode on his book tour here, another reason why DOY is one of my favourite places in Brighton! It is also a good place to catch those movies you may have missed so you still get to see them on the big screen before they come out on DVD.

    The seats are comfy and generous in terms of legroom, which I am grateful for as I'm tall! There are also bigger seats on the balcony so you can sit in couples. Another perk of this cinema is that as well as the traditional popcorn and ice cream movie snack fare, they also serve tea, coffee and cake. There's even a bar upstairs! I can't rate this place highly enough, and from the reviews below it seems I'm not the only one.

    This place is a gem.

  • 5.0 star rating
    2 check-ins

    I agree with all the other reviewers about how fantastic the Duke Of Yorks is.

    Membership is well worth the money - buy it and support the oldest cinema in the UK!

    My only gripe is the service at the tiny cafe upstairs.  It would feel much better if the staff smiled even once!

  • 4.0 star rating

    I have been going here on and off for years ever since I lived in a flat just round the corner so I am a massive fan and love it. The only thing that I can say that is not to my liking is they used to do a Ben and Jerry's late night cellulite on a Friday where every week they would show some old mostly cheesy classic about 11pm, I remember seeing "The Thing" and "Raiders of the Lost Ark"  just completely excellent and a free tub of ice-cream for just 3 quid.

    But having just becoming a member after years of saying that I need to open up a membership I don't know why I didn't do it sooner. That night we opened our membership we were going to get a balcony and then the staff explained that it was 12.50 each for a seat up there but a joint membership was only 55 quid for the year and we would both get 3 free tickets each. So that means 3 time on the balcony sofas for just 22.50 each, bargain. Also there are many advantages of membership, every time you visit its 2 quid cheaper and also on discount Monday that means only 3.50 a ticket. One more benefit which I did not know about, they do free showings for members and this Sunday we are of to see The Social Network for free, yes you heard me free.

    The upstairs bar is very nice although packed out a lot there are times when it can be really quiet and also there is the great outdoors balcony (great for the smokers) which is lovely on a warm evening with a nice coffee and carrot cake.

    One of the oldest cinemas in the country I believe it was 100 years since it first showing on the 23th September 2010, I am sure that this fantastic place will still be here in another 100 years.

    • Qype User vickyb…
    • Brighton
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    • 37 reviews
    5.0 star rating

    I actually have friends who want to get married here. Obviously they love watching films but more than that, there is no place like Duke of York. The staff are charismatic and clued up. Just before you go in, make sure you get a look at this Grade II listed building which is something to be admiredas well as the can can legs on the roof. The popcorn is delicious and the films are always art-house.none of this blockbuster rubbish. Films that stimulate the brain. Not to mention hosting operas, book talks (Mark Kermode) and the wonderful Eurovision Song Contest!! Bonus to your cinema experience: you can buy a nice cold beer from their bar
    to take into the theatre with you. A trip to Brighton wouldn't be complete without visiting this cinema.

  • 5.0 star rating
    12 check-ins

    This is my favourite place in Brighton of all time. No.1! Fo sho.

    The Duke of Yorks is England's oldest running art house cinema beginning its life in 1910. I have loved this place since I was tiny and being dragged to see morbid, obscure foreign films by my liberal mother - desperately drilling a bit of culture into me from a young age! Kudos mum.

    I refuse to go to any other rip off, chain, quite frankly shite cinemas! For one you can buy home made (scrumptious) cakes and there is a bar upstairs so you can take wine in :).
    Second are the massive, cushy seats to sink into, no numb bum for me! And upstairs they have a balcony view which has massive sofas to laze on. Fab!
    Third they don't play your average 'run of mill' box office films, there's a range of interesting, thought provoking, arty films on offer as well a the more mainstream.
    Fourth, this is also sometimes a gig venue, it rocks.
    Fifth - there are plenty of clubs they run, such as the sliverscreen on tuesday mornings (pretty self explanatory). On Wednesday mornings they have the 'big scream' where new mothers can take their baby's under one to view the latest film. On Saturday mornings they have the kids club which is brill - I used to go. They are bringing out a toddler club too which I believe will start the end of jan on Monday's - peppa pig and such!

    Get a membership card, it's much cheaper than cinemas like odeon anyway but this will make viewing pennies!

    I am pleased to say I'm no longer alarmed by the giant legs sticking out of the top. I now look at them warmly and think .. Cor! What time d'they open!!

  • 5.0 star rating

    In the winter the Duke of York becomes an extension of my living room.  I love this place!  It is without question one of my favourite places to pass an evening in Brighton.  With original features inside and out and one large screen with plenty of comfy seating, the DOY provides the perfect ambiance for a magical cinematic experience.  If you don't mind splashing a few extra pounds, there is also a balcony with comfy sofas for a cosier, more intimate viewing (perfect date location!).  
    The films are usually interesting, offbeat independents but they also show carefully selected mainstream releases.  Make sure to keep your eyes peeled for midnight movies and frequent one-off screenings and events as well as the cinema's participation in various film festivals.  
    For pre-film drinks, there is a lovely little cafe/bar upstairs with a foliage filled balcony that looks out across Preston Circus.  The balcony is also a great place to just hang out on a sunny day!
    The usual discounts apply for Picturehouse members and remember- your free membership tickets entitle you to balcony seating, so don't miss out!

  • 3.0 star rating

    A true cinema experience and a far cry from the expensive multi screened Hollywood sycophant multiplexes. This beautiful grade II building is a single screened auditorium covered in character and charm. They do have popular contemporary films showing here but the real beauty is the selection of independent, arthouse and world cinema films that they show. If you're lucky enough to get on the balcony couches (yes, couches) then you have yourself a prime viewing spot. If you're not swayed yet I should also mention that they sell alcohol here to enjoy the film with, sold?

  • 5.0 star rating

    Yes, nipped into Brighton for a day yesterday and to kill time I saw the new Woody Allen early afternoon showing. The oldest continuosly running cinema in Britain. Lovely snack and drink bars, small and cosy and possobly my new favourite cinema.

  • 5.0 star rating

    First time visit this weekend with my wife. Lovely cinema, good seating and the sound is just the right level. Just like the flicks used to be!!

    • Qype User pletho…
    • Brighton
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    5.0 star rating

    Fabulous! Hang on in there DOYs.. What cinema's all about. Good deals if you join.

    • Qype User mishki…
    • Brighton
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    5.0 star rating

    Great independent cinema that has lots going on and special film nights.

    • Qype User aaron…
    • Brighton
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    4.0 star rating

    Although this place doesnt have the glory and shinyness of modern day cinemas, it has a genuine authenticity and warmth about it. Not only does it show films you might not otherwise see, it also hosts events for schools, kids, seniors and even the eurovision. Its a great asset to our community in brighton, and is even somewhat iconic.

    • Qype User zoefru…
    • Royal Leamington Spa, Warwickshire
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    5.0 star rating

    How I imagine cinema used to be :0) A great experience, especially if your tastes run to less main stream films. A beautiful building, I love the mish-mash of seats, which are really comfortable, and the lovely double seats up in the balcony. There is a cafe-bar, which is always popular, but parking on the surrounding streets can be rather difficult

    • Qype User CyberM…
    • Norwich, Norfolk
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    • 73 reviews
    4.0 star rating

    This is how cimemas ought to be. Its not really any more expensive then the larger chains, but the selection is much more esoteric and the venue itself is a blast from the past. Splash out for a box seat and you'll have the best movie watching experience of your life. the giant legs sticking out of the roof are a hint of what its like inside.

    • Qype User Ariett…
    • Brighton
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    • 14 reviews
    5.0 star rating

    I love this cinema. The seats are roomy and comfortable and you can buy a beer and a good chunk of cake to eat during the film. Before the film, you can enjoy the last rays of sun on the balcony, under the infamous Legs. This really is a Brighton institution.

  • 5.0 star rating

    I would love to have a birthday party here...to rent the whole place out, serve as much as you can eat popcorn, ice-cream and champagne! All of us sitting and watching The Big Sleep in the huge red seats. They don't usually serve champagne in the little cafe/bar upstairs but for my birthday! And with ice-cream and Bogart! I love everything about The Duke of York's- it truly is a Brighton icon and when I see it's lemony facade and striped legs I know I am home. I really really wish that all cinemas could go back to being like the Duke's, it has so much personality, history and great movie taste. The art-deco style of the inside of the cinema makes me feel like I am stepping back in time. I get my roaring twenties fix with contemporary yummy snacks and brand new art house films, or perhaps the cream of the crop of mainstream films, or every so often- classics like The Big Sleep. On one particularly memorable visit- for the new Simpsons Movie- they held a costume competition and my boyfriend and I dressed up as Patty and Selma- it was one of my favorite nights in Brighton. They do a  weekly screening for parents and kids as well that is genius.

    • Qype User Tillyr…
    • Brighton
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    • 2 reviews
    1.0 star rating

    Sadly I must echo the same sentiments of the poster below. This used to be a wonderful cinema that showed classic movies, had a great atmosphere and staff that cared. Now it's become a useless rundown flea pit which has very little to offer. The only thing that makes it better than Cineworld is that it's got a wonderful exterior  and then you get inside. Honestly, the projection is sloppy: I saw two separate movies here last year and both times the 'projectionist' chose the wrong ratio. Looks like that employee chimpanzees in their booths! On top of all that when I have politely asked the staff a question they treat you more like an incovenience than a customer that pays their wages. I must also mention the extra cost of sitting upstairs, which until a few years ago was the same price as sitting in the stalls. I also get the general impression that the staff think that because this is an 'arthouse' cinema they can have a "don't give a s**t attitude. Hence the reason that I will not be going there again.

    • Qype User rockyr…
    • Brighton
    • 3 friends
    • 51 reviews
    5.0 star rating

    From the quirky can can legs on the roof, the elegance of the building itself to the plush velvet chairs and the addition of going to the bar and being able to bring your drinks with you this is a gem, a Queen above all other cinemas. Its a folie a one off and to fit its distictive nature you won't find SAW iv playing here nor any silly mind numbing blockbuster. Its film shows are as quirky as it is itself. European, indie, small release. re release, old ones that every one loves thats what you will find. Also they have a kids cuib saturday mornings. Lots of information on local events/London events etc in the foyer. A cosy bar, I couldn't ask for more. If you are sick of going into a cinema and knowing that you could be in anyone of 1000's in any town in the country. If you are tired of hard seats and plastic tasting popcorn then try this little diamond out for a great evenings entertainment.

    • Qype User DocWit…
    • Brighton
    • 4 friends
    • 54 reviews
    5.0 star rating

    wow now this is a cinema ppl.they even let you take your own booze in!!! gotta hand it to themsupport them if you can they need it to keep gointhese other big cinemas make it hard for little ones like this

    • Qype User Sammy7…
    • Brighton
    • 0 friends
    • 6 reviews
    1.0 star rating

    Sorry but this place isn't what it was 20 years ago. They hardly show any rep anymore,so in my opinion it sucks. All we get now is tedious middle class shite. Also your guaranteed to get some cunt behind you with his knees in your back or rustling sweet wrappers for the entire film. Up against the wall motherfuckers!

    • Qype User nickya…
    • Brighton
    • 0 friends
    • 7 reviews
    5.0 star rating

    love this cinema. extremely charming building. seating upstairs very comfy and always a great mix of films etc

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