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The Duke of York’s 100 project is devoted to the centenary of the Grade II listed Duke of York’s Picturehouse in Brighton and wider cinema-going in the city. The Duke of York’s opened on 22nd September 1910 and is the UK’s oldest purpose-built cinema, as verified by the Cinema Theatres Association. It has continually operated as a cinema throughout its lifetime and is recognized as one of the country’s most important independent cinemas.

Over its one hundred years The Duke of York’s has gone from Edwardian Picture Palace to ‘flea-pit’ to leading independent cinema going through many stages that reflect the changing nature of cinema exhibition in this country. This project seeks to bring this story alive for a large numbers of Brighton residents by directly involving the community in tracing and celebrating its history.

Throughout 2010 we will be working with community groups to build a Duke of York’s centenary archive. The information found will be uploaded onto this website to create a ‘Virtual Museum’. We are also looking for reminiscences, anecdotes and personal stories of going to the Dukes that can be shared on our website. So please get involved to tell us your story of the cinema.

There will be many events across the centenary year that celebrate 100 years of cinema and cinema-going including archive screenings, live soundtracks, events for schools, digital presentations, historical talks & cinema tours.

We’ll be updating this website regularly but you can keep up to date with what’s happening on the Duke Of York’s website, facebook, twitter & the cinema blog.

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