Cinecity, in partnership with Screen Archive South East, has won a £39,300 Heritage Lottery Fund award to co-ordinate the Duke of York’s 100 project, marking the centenary of the Duke of York’s Picturehouse in Brighton.
Cinecity, in partnership with Screen Archive South East, has won a £39,300 Heritage Lottery Fund award to co-ordinate the Duke of York's 100 project, marking the centenary of the Duke of York's Picturehouse in Brighton.
The Duke of York’s Centenary Cinecity Archive Project brings together University of Brighton researcher Christina Reading and a community research team that is gathering a virtual archive of memories and material related to the historic cinema's history.
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. It has operated continually as a cinema for the past century and is recognized as one of the country’s most important independent movie theatres. Over its one hundred years the Duke of York’s has gone from Edwardian picture palace to ‘flea-pit’ to leading independent arthouse cinema, reflecting the changing nature of cinema exhibition in the UK. The HLF-funded archive project seeks to bring the story alive for Brighton residents by directly involving the community in tracing and celebrating the cinema's history.
Celebrations take place at the cinema 19-26 September 2010 and a showcase of community researchers' work will be on display in October. For more information, please contact Cinecity.