Our Story

Opened on 22 September 1910, the Grade II-listed Duke of York's is the UK's oldest purpose-built cinema, as verified by the Cinema Theatres Association. Over its one hundred years, it has gone from Edwardian Picture Palace to 'fleapit' to a leading independent and much-loved Brighton cinema.

 The Duke of York's was built at the cost of £3,000 by actress-manager Violet Melnotte-Wyatt on the site of the Amber Ale Brewery, the walls of which still form the rear part of the auditorium.  It has operated as an arts cinema since 1981, and has passed through several owners and hosted illegal punk rock concerts. It was in a shabby state when it was bought in 1994 by Picturehouse, who invested in the building and restored it to its former glory. In 1991, a 20-foot pair of can-can dancer's legs were acquired from the recently closed Not The Moulin Rouge Theatre in Oxford, and were installed onto the outside front balcony. These were later moved to their current position on the roof during a refurbishment in 1995.

Duke of York's Picturehouse
Preston Road
East Sussex

Opening Times

The cinema will open at least 15 minutes before the start of the first film each day.

Ticket Prices


Fridays after 17.00.
All day Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays.

Adult    £12.70 

Member    £9.70 

Retired    £11.70 

Retired Member    £8.70 

Student    £11.70

Student Member    £8.70

Child    £8.20

Family*    £32.80
(four people, including at least two children)


Tuesday – Thursday
before 17.00

Adult    £11.00

Member    £8.00

Retired    £10.00

Retired Member    £7.00

Student    £10.00

Student Member    £7.00

Child    £7.50

Family*    £30.00
(four people, including at least two children)

Happy Mondays

Every Monday
(except Bank Holidays)

Adult    £7.90

Member    £4.90

Retired    £7.90

Retired Member    £4.90

Student    £7.90

Student Member    £4.90

Child    £5.90

Family*    £23.60
(four people, including at least two children)

We add a 70p booking fee per ticket (excluding tickets for Picturehouse Members) to bookings made online or over the phone. This fee doesn't apply to tickets you buy in person at the cinema.

3D films cost £1.30 extra per person, not including 3D glasses (you can buy these at the cinema for an extra 70p, or bring your own).

*Family tickets are for four people, at least two of whom must be under 15. Not applicable to premium-priced screenings.

Have a question about our prices? We might have the answer in our FAQs.

Clubs & Groups

Autism-Friendly   £3 per person
Our Autism-Friendly screenings take place on the third Sunday of the month. At these screenings, we strive to create an environment that is welcoming for people with a range of conditions such as autism, learning disabilities and cognitive disorders.

Big Scream   £9
The Big Scream club is for parents and guardians with babies under one year old. The Big Scream at Duke Of York's takes place on Wednesdays at 10.30.

Kids' Club   Tickets are £3 for all
The Kids' Club is every Saturday at 11.00. Doors open at 10.30.
For children and their parent or carers. Unaccompanied adults will not be admitted.

Toddler Time   £3 (accompanying adults free)
Join us on Mondays at 11.00 for 30 minutes of episodes for preschool children and their parents and carers. A great way to introduce your toddler to the experience of the cinema!

Dementia-Friendly   £4 per person, with free tickets for accompanying carers.
Our Dementia-Friendly screenings are open to all but cater especially for people living with dementia. Free tea/coffee and biscuits are served before the film, and there's also a short interval. Click here for upcoming screenings.

Discover & Rediscover   Tickets only £5 for Members (£8 general admission)
New and classic films on the big screen where they belong.

Silver Screen   £7
A free-to-join club for the over-60s. Members can enjoy a free tea or coffee and biscuits at the weekly Silver Screen shows. Silver Screen runs Tuesdays & Thursdays before 17.00. Non-members are welcome - the usual ticket prices apply.

Screen Arts   Ticket prices vary
Bringing world-class productions of theatre, ballet, opera and live music to the big screen.


Travel Information

By Bus

The following bus routes run close to the cinema: 5, 5A, 5B, N5, N8, 91, 37B.

By Train

The nearest train stations are London Road Brighton Station (7-minutes walk) and Brighton Station (10-minutes walk).

By Car

London Road car park is nearby.

Duke Of York's Gallery

Duke Of York's Gallery