THE DUKE’S AT 100 reveals an intriguing history of Britain’s longest surviving cinema, a history that began twenty years before the advent of synchronised sound. After welcoming millions of audience members, witnessing many changes of ownership and surviving numerous threats to its existence and even possible demolition, it was re-born in the early 1980’s as an arthouse cinema. It is now part of the City Screen chain of Picturehouse cinemas and a protected Grade II listed building. The Duke’s birthday has provided us with an opportunity to explore a century of cinema-going through the history of one building, its audiences and the people who worked there.
This full colour book captures a sense of just what this cinema has meant to so many. It has been a great pleasure gathering together these elements that combine to tell the story of the Duke’s. It is Brighton’s favourite cinema as well as the country’s most enduring picture house.
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