The Duke of York’s Picture House claims to be the oldest cinema in the UK in continuous use, and is #21 on the We Love Brighton’s 50 Things to Do in Brighton. The architecture of the building is stunning to look at, and the beautiful auditorium has a real unique, old-fashioned atmosphere. Plus, there’s a pair of giant can-can dancer’s legs poking out of the roof…what is not to love about that?
Robert, movie buff that he is, paid a visit to the Duke of York’s almost immediately on his Day 1 tour of Brighton cinemas (although our first movie of the tour was taken in at the decidedly less-elegant Cineworld at Brighton Marina, possibly the most depressing location we’ve visited so far), and has made a few trips there over the last few weeks to catch various films. But for our first group outing, we decided to attend the Duke of York’s Eurovision party, to publicly cheer for our homeland and their first ever Eurovision entry.
It was certainly a colourful occasion, with most of the audience in costume; we counted eight or nine Conchita Wursts, two groups attired as Scooch-inspired flight crew, one complete ABBA and about ten million sequins. The crowd was loud and raucous to the point where it was difficult to hear many of the songs, but it was still fun to appreciate the spectacle and moments of grand what-the-f**kery (not as many this year as we would have liked, but still enough to sustain us) with such enthusiastic company.
Audience members were invited to dance on a stage in front of the screen when their country performed, so we were first up as soon as it was Australia’s turn. Folks back home will be pleased to know it was a very pro-Australia crowd in Brighton as well…though not so much when we started gathering so many points in the voting process… Cries of, “You don’t even go here!” reverberated across the auditorium!