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 from 17.00.
All day Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays.

Adult    £12.40 

Member    £10.40 

Retired    £11.40 

Retired Member    £9.40 

Student    £11.40

Student Member    £9.40

Child    £7.90

Family*    £31.60


Tuesday – Thursday
from 17.00

Adult    £10.70

Member    £8.70

Retired    £9.70

Retired Member    £7.70

Student    £9.70

Student Member    £7.70

Child    £7.20

Family*    £28.80

Happy Mondays

Every Monday
(except Bank Holidays)

Adult    £7.70

Member    £5.70

Retired    £7.70

Retired Member    £5.70

Student    £7.70

Student Member    £5.70

Child    £5.70

Family*    £22.80

There is a £1.50 booking fee per transaction for telephone and online bookings. This fee does not apply to Picturehouse Members, or to tickets purchased in person at the cinema.

3D films cost £1.30 extra per person, not including 3D glasses. These cost an additional 70p and can be purchased at the cinema if you do not have your own.

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

Tickets for Discover and Vintage Sundays screenings are £5 for Members (£8 general admission).

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


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