Brighton Cinema will stay true to arthouse roots

The Duke of York's cinema is now part of the Cineworld chain

The Duke of York's cinema is now part of the Cineworld chain

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The boss of the oldest cinema in the UK has vowed to continue to show groundbreaking movies, despite being taken over by a multiplex.

Picturehouse, owner of the Duke of York’s, in Preston Road, Brighton, has been snapped up a in a £47.3 million deal by cinema chain Cineworld.

The move came as the arthouse cinema prepared to open two new screens at the Komedia arts venue in Gardner Street.

The opening last night featured a screening of the adaptation of The Life of Pi, directed by Ang Lee.

Film buffs expressed concerns that the quirky character of the cinema could be changed.

Mike Dalley said: “I do hope that they will not change too much, but the move into the Komedia is brilliant.”

Andrew Allen said: “Really not sure about Cineworld buying PictureHouse. I'm a member of both, but I’m worried about the long term for local Duke Of York’s.”

Malcolm Harvey said: “How terribly sad. I sat in the back row with the first girl I ever took out. They can’t be allowed to change it.”

The Argus:

However, general manager John Barranechea, pictured above, dismissed concerns that the cinema will become more mainstream.

He said: “Nothing will change as far as our customers are concerned and we would not want it to.

“The Duke of Yorks in the UK’s oldest cinema and will continue to feature ground-breaking independent movies alongside blockbuster productions. There is already a Cineworld at the Marina so there is no need for us to become one.

“This does not affect our tenancy at Komedia. We have signed a long-term deal at the venue and we hope to be there as long as Komedia is there.”

He added that there would be no job losses at the Preston Circus cinema, which employs 40 people.

Picturehouse made sales of £30.3 million last year and a pretax profit of £2.5 million.

Separate operation

Cineworld, which runs 80 cinemas in the UK, including Brighton Marina, is issuing up to 6.9 million new shares to raise £16 million to fund the deal.

The multiplex giant said they will run the independent movie theatre operator as a separate entity.

Picturehouse is led by founder director Lyn Goleby, who will continue in her role as managing director of the chain.

Cineworld boss Stephen Wiener said: “We recognise that Picturehouse is valued by its customers and we look forward to supporting the business through the next phase of its development.”

Lyn Goleby said: “The opportunity to be part of a public company is great news for Picturehouse and our customers. We are known for our high quality city centre cinemas and our distinctive, wide-ranging programming.

“The unique character of Picturehouse cinemas will remain and our team will continue to bring the widest range of film to customers. This acquisition by Cineworld will accelerate the development of further Picturehouse cinemas around the country.”

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3:04pm Fri 7 Dec 12

raymondo999 says...

Life of pi is showing at the odeon. Groundbreaking?
Life of pi is showing at the odeon. Groundbreaking? raymondo999
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3:30pm Fri 7 Dec 12

Hove Actually says...

Watch the price of Pic n Mix rocket
Watch the price of Pic n Mix rocket Hove Actually
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5:07pm Fri 7 Dec 12

JantheWoman says...

This weekend I could go to see 7 Psychopaths at Odeon, Cineworld or Cineworld Komedia or I could go and see Sightseers at Cineworld or Cineworld Komedia.

Groundbreaking? Ha, ha, that's a good one.
This weekend I could go to see 7 Psychopaths at Odeon, Cineworld or Cineworld Komedia or I could go and see Sightseers at Cineworld or Cineworld Komedia. Groundbreaking? Ha, ha, that's a good one. JantheWoman
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7:57pm Fri 7 Dec 12

Algeria Touchshriek says...

You need to put more all night movie fests on. Here are some ideas.

1. Lord of the Rings Trilogy
2. Saw ALL 7 movies!!!!
3. Star Wars Original Trilogy (I know there are licence issues here!)
4. Dirty Harry Series
5. The Man With No Name Trilogy

Charge £30 for the whole night which will include a nice bit of grub, sweets and a beer,

Hey presto.
You need to put more all night movie fests on. Here are some ideas. 1. Lord of the Rings Trilogy 2. Saw ALL 7 movies!!!! 3. Star Wars Original Trilogy (I know there are licence issues here!) 4. Dirty Harry Series 5. The Man With No Name Trilogy Charge £30 for the whole night which will include a nice bit of grub, sweets and a beer, Hey presto. Algeria Touchshriek
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8:57pm Fri 7 Dec 12

spencer2 says...

Clearly Mr Barranechea does not understand that the cineworld shareholders will only be satisfied if profits are maxmised. With Hobbit, Life of Pi and Seven Pschopaths listed to play in the next few weeks might as well just change the name on the front to cineworld now

Ps Glad I made a donation to their roof a few years ago. Effectively have just given my money away to a large capitalist machine - cheers - you couldn't make it up
Clearly Mr Barranechea does not understand that the cineworld shareholders will only be satisfied if profits are maxmised. With Hobbit, Life of Pi and Seven Pschopaths listed to play in the next few weeks might as well just change the name on the front to cineworld now Ps Glad I made a donation to their roof a few years ago. Effectively have just given my money away to a large capitalist machine - cheers - you couldn't make it up spencer2
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10:00am Sat 8 Dec 12

Maxwell's Ghost says...

Well the council is giving up swathes of road in the city to a monopoly capitalist bus company and no one in the city seems to give a hoot.
As this company has no competition to force fares down one would expect this profit making privately owned company to be charged a toll for exclusive rights to the roadways which could be then passed on to local people's services.
Well the council is giving up swathes of road in the city to a monopoly capitalist bus company and no one in the city seems to give a hoot. As this company has no competition to force fares down one would expect this profit making privately owned company to be charged a toll for exclusive rights to the roadways which could be then passed on to local people's services. Maxwell's Ghost
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12:11pm Sat 8 Dec 12

Lady Smith says...

JantheWoman wrote:
This weekend I could go to see 7 Psychopaths at Odeon, Cineworld or Cineworld Komedia or I could go and see Sightseers at Cineworld or Cineworld Komedia.

Groundbreaking? Ha, ha, that's a good one.
Yes, I fear this is the thin end of the wedge...another bit of what makes Brighton special bites the dust...>-(
[quote][p][bold]JantheWoman[/bold] wrote: This weekend I could go to see 7 Psychopaths at Odeon, Cineworld or Cineworld Komedia or I could go and see Sightseers at Cineworld or Cineworld Komedia. Groundbreaking? Ha, ha, that's a good one.[/p][/quote]Yes, I fear this is the thin end of the wedge...another bit of what makes Brighton special bites the dust...>-( Lady Smith
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1:29pm Sat 8 Dec 12

brightonmike2011 says...

Are people seriously suggesting Cineworld have already taken control of the listings? Utter rubbish, DOY's would have shown Pi, 7 Psychopaths and The Hobbit completely regardless of the takeover. They have nothing to do with it.

Anyone who thinks DOYs doesn't show "hollywood" movies obviously hasn't visited the cinema in a very, very long time. Whilst it's all about independent cinema, they have always shown big films also, and movies such as 7 Psychopaths and The Hobbit are perfectly in line with their audience.
Are people seriously suggesting Cineworld have already taken control of the listings? Utter rubbish, DOY's would have shown Pi, 7 Psychopaths and The Hobbit completely regardless of the takeover. They have nothing to do with it. Anyone who thinks DOYs doesn't show "hollywood" movies obviously hasn't visited the cinema in a very, very long time. Whilst it's all about independent cinema, they have always shown big films also, and movies such as 7 Psychopaths and The Hobbit are perfectly in line with their audience. brightonmike2011
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1:56pm Sat 8 Dec 12

JantheWoman says...

brightonmike2011 wrote:
Are people seriously suggesting Cineworld have already taken control of the listings? Utter rubbish, DOY's would have shown Pi, 7 Psychopaths and The Hobbit completely regardless of the takeover. They have nothing to do with it.

Anyone who thinks DOYs doesn't show "hollywood" movies obviously hasn't visited the cinema in a very, very long time. Whilst it's all about independent cinema, they have always shown big films also, and movies such as 7 Psychopaths and The Hobbit are perfectly in line with their audience.
I think you're right, Mike, they lost the plot a long time ago. The low point for me is when the DOY showed Made in Dagenham - how is that 'groundbreaking'?

My comment, not very well phrased admittedly, was that the new Komedia is simply showing stuff that I can already see elsewhere.
[quote][p][bold]brightonmike2011[/bold] wrote: Are people seriously suggesting Cineworld have already taken control of the listings? Utter rubbish, DOY's would have shown Pi, 7 Psychopaths and The Hobbit completely regardless of the takeover. They have nothing to do with it. Anyone who thinks DOYs doesn't show "hollywood" movies obviously hasn't visited the cinema in a very, very long time. Whilst it's all about independent cinema, they have always shown big films also, and movies such as 7 Psychopaths and The Hobbit are perfectly in line with their audience.[/p][/quote]I think you're right, Mike, they lost the plot a long time ago. The low point for me is when the DOY showed Made in Dagenham - how is that 'groundbreaking'? My comment, not very well phrased admittedly, was that the new Komedia is simply showing stuff that I can already see elsewhere. JantheWoman
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8:23pm Sat 8 Dec 12

brightonbunny says...

Having had the pleasure to see a pre-opening screening of Quadrophenia at the new Dukes@Komedia cinema in Gardner street I can assure all that the ethos and experience of the Duke of Yorks is alive and well in the new venue.

Plush seats, legroom enough to satisfy any visiting giraffes, a full bar, delicious cakes/coffees and friendly, interested staff - and no "pick-n-mix" in sight!

A great new venue in the heart of our wonderful North Laine.

Of course it's a shame it is now part of Cineworld, but perhaps maybe the multiplexes will actually be taking a lesson from Duke of Yorks/Picturehouse on how to run a cinema properly - and according the the sales figures in the article, at a decent profit.

The only ways to make the new owners listen is to support our local DOY venues and show them this kind of listing and service level, is actually what cinema customers want.
Having had the pleasure to see a pre-opening screening of Quadrophenia at the new Dukes@Komedia cinema in Gardner street I can assure all that the ethos and experience of the Duke of Yorks is alive and well in the new venue. Plush seats, legroom enough to satisfy any visiting giraffes, a full bar, delicious cakes/coffees and friendly, interested staff - and no "pick-n-mix" in sight! A great new venue in the heart of our wonderful North Laine. Of course it's a shame it is now part of Cineworld, but perhaps maybe the multiplexes will actually be taking a lesson from Duke of Yorks/Picturehouse on how to run a cinema properly - and according the the sales figures in the article, at a decent profit. The only ways to make the new owners listen is to support our local DOY venues and show them this kind of listing and service level, is actually what cinema customers want. brightonbunny
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