Duke of York’s picture house – still fit for a duchess

As the warm weather thaws the ice, it will thaw our hearts, which is why spring time romances are as sure as the rising sun. The Duke of York’s cinema in Brighton is the perfect place to impress a first date.

The Duke Of York’s cinema, which opened on 22 September 1910, was not only one of Brighton’s first picture houses, but also one of the first cinemas in the world. While the building has been left nearly unaltered throughout the years, the same can be said for the type of filmgoer this leading Brighton entertainment venue targets. Back in 1910, the marketing tagline was ‘Bring her to the Duke’s, it is fit for a Duchess’.  The same can be said for today.

The films shown at Duke of York’s are sometimes international, and always thought-provoking, from Hollywood blockbusters such as the current Oscar winners The King’s Speech (Best Film, Best Leading Actor, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay) and The Black Swan (Best Leading Actress) to documentaries and short films.

How does a cinema like Duke’s survive the massive changes that the film industry has undergone throughout the last decade? The picture house remains focused on catering to a loyal local audience and hosting a variety of events and entertainment including punk rock concerts and opera evenings. While the punk days are gone, for the past five years, the Duke of York’s has transmitted live opera performances from the New York Met on the big screen for Brightonians to enjoy.

Opera not your date’s cup of tea? Perhaps rather than tea, you both prefer a nice glass of wine? The first floor bar at Duke of York’s offers a well-rounded selection of fine wines, with Argentinian Torrentes and Kiwi Sauvignon leading the whites, red wines dominated by classic winter-warmer Rioja and South African Shiraz Viognier and fans of rosé can enjoy Loire Valley Pinot Noir rosé plus homemade nibbles and finger foods to enjoy during the film.

Check out the website to pick just the right film to impress your spring fling – and if you impress, who knows what could come of your Duke of York’s first date.

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