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Coney Street, York. Box Office: 01904 541144. Check the website below for more information.

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      18.02.2014 12:43
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      Great cinema

      --- City Screen, York ---

      I tend to go to the cinema around once a month - I never go for the sake of it, but if a film really sounds up my street then I try and go and see it.

      In York there are three cinemas, there's a Vue cinema (formerly Warner Brothers), a Reel cinema (formerly ODEON) and there's also a City Screen cinema (part of the Picture House group).

      Of the three cinemas City Screen in my favourite, as it is right in the centre of town unlike Vue, and less shabby and dated than Reel. The only reason I don't always go there is that they don't show all film releases. When a film comes out that I want to see I do always check whether City Screen is showing it first though.

      The reason City Screen don't show all films is that they have a lot of alternative films and other entertainment which they show. For example, they show a lot of foreign films, and they also have live music performances and comedy acts. I've seen an art exhibition there before too. There is a cafe/bar inside the building which people do use even when they're not visiting the cinema.

      It can be hired as a venue for conferences and events too.

      ---My last visit---

      The last time I went to City Screen was to see Alpha Papa (The Alan Partridge film). We pre-booked our tickets on the website as the film had not long been released and we didn't want to risk not getting seats, plus there were eight of us going. Upon entering the cinema there is a counter to the right where you queue up for tickets and refreshments. We already had tickets so we queued for refreshments (which were overpriced as they always are in a cinema - £2.50 for a small bottle of Pepsi Max) and were served by really friendly members of staff. At City Screen you can purchase alcoholic drinks to take into the film with you, and in the past me and a friend have had a bottle wine which is a really nice way to spend a Friday evening, or maybe to start off a night out!

      The seats were perfectly comfortable and the screen was nice and big. I've been put in little screens before at other cinemas where you feel like you may as well have just watched at home, but this actually felt like a trip to the cinema. The seats are laid out so that the further back you are sat the higher you are, so you are unlikely to have the screen blocked by the person sat in front of you.

      The whole building, including the toilets seems to be very clean and well maintained. It doesn't have a particularly modern feel to it but it's well maintained and doesn't feel shabby or old.

      ---Location---

      As I said, City Screen is right in the middle of town. It's a great location as it's just off what I would class as the main high street in York. It's in a little alcove which comes off the street and there are a couple of bars in this alcove too. Whenever we go at the beginning of a night out, we come out of the cinema and are already right in town so it's great for that.

      ---Prices---

      Peak Prices (Every day except Wednesday after 5pm)
      Adult: £9.00
      Member: £7.00
      Student / Retired: £8.00
      Child : £6.00
      Family of 4: £26.00

      On Wednesday it costs £6.50 for an adult ticket which I guess is their equivalent of the Orange Wednesday promotion.

      Yes it is pricey now compared to the cost of a DVD but all cinemas are now about this price and the added bonus of it being in a great location helps. It is cheaper if you go in the daytime but as a full time worker I haven't done this since I was a child.

      ---Overall opinion---

      I like City Screen a lot, it doesn't feel like your normal cinema, as I said it feels like it can be made part of a night out, and also the fact they have other entertainment and a bar means it actually is much more than just an average cinema.

      Nice place, nice atmosphere, friendly staff and good selection of entertainment.

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        15.05.2009 13:46
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        a good cinema with a good mix of blockbusters and art house films

        city screen in York is part of a small group of cinemas called Picturehouse. The show a mix of films from blockbusters to Art house and foreign films

        You can join them an become a member for £25 which gives you certain benefits which include -
        discounted tickets (£2 off per ticket and no booking fee)
        10% of the bar and food
        and discounts at local business
        Now I have never become a member so I cant really comment on this but I guess before signing up with would pay to do your maths to see if the £25 represents value for money as depending on the screening and your age ticket price varies from £7.20 for a evening adult to as cheap as £3.50 for silver screen ( any performance for someone over 60 during the day and includes a hot drink)


        The facilities at the cinema I would rate as good the seat are wider than most cinemas I have been to eg Vue and certainly more comfortable. The lift provides access to the three screens which are upstairs and the toilets which are in the basement.

        The also have regularly changing art work on the walls displaying modern art and photos which can be purchased

        The sweet and drink select to take in with you is the regular run of the mill choice i would say with nothing special compared to other cinemas


        A god send during my maternity leave was The Big Scream this is a free to join club for parents with a child under one. It runs on a Wednesday morning with a different film each week. What makes this great is there is a buggy park that is manned for safety so you can leave your pushchair whilst you watch the film safe in the knowledge it will be there when you get back. The don't dim the lights as much or have the volume as loud as normal so you can see what your little one is up to and see to change nappies as most mums do on a change mat in the aisle. Most of the little ones I would say have their own few minutes off noise but as everyone is in the same boat there is no tutting or daggers looking at you as they would in a normal screening. As the film starts at 11 am you tend to see people eating a sandwich watching the film and I have never seen this frowned about by the staff ( which can happen if you take your own sweets or drinks to the local Vue cinema)

        They have recently started a Autism-Friendly Screenings screenings especially for people on the autism spectrum and their families, friends and carers all tickets cost £2.50 As I haven't been to these I can't comment on how well these are running but thought it was useful information for people to be aware of


        I would definitely recommend this cinema to people and feel that if you are wanting a pleasant cinema trip that this would be the place to go for it in York

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        27.01.2008 22:25
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        The best cinema ive been to in ages....ever

        I love to watch films. Who doesn't. And the best place to watch films. Well thats obivious isn't it. The cinema.

        I recently moved to York, and one of the first things to look for was my local cinema. There used to be an Odeon but that closed down, and aparently theres a Vue cinema somewhere, but i havn't found that. I really have no need to because right in the middle of town is one of the best cinemas ive ever been to.

        Back home we have a Cineworld. To be honest i always resented them for forcing me to pay £6.20 to have my back done in with their chairs, have screaming kids and teenagers while steeping on sticky floors. (i don't hate them that much, but it is very over priced). When i got here and found the City Screen though, i was pleased.

        This cinema has character. In one of the screens there have curtins that pull back when the film starts. Thats a very nice touch i think. The seats are very comfortable and the price is very reasonable (£4 on Wednesdays, £3 if you have membership).

        There is still the sticky floor but i guess i can forgive them for that.

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        29.10.2001 17:55

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        29.10.2001 17:53
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        And this is why I liked the City Screen in York. In small words, and simple language for the hard of thinking (like wot I is). WHy Did I go there ------------------------------------------- I was in York for the weekend visiting a chum (hello Chum). We walked past the building and thought- shall we have a look? Once inside the building Chum pointed out that the film 'AMELIE' was playing. We had a brief discussion on this and decided to come back and watch it the next day. What is the Place Like? ------------------------------------------- As that collossus of taste and elegance Tony the Tiger would say, "ITS G-rrrrrrrrrr-ate". The City screen is part of the same style & grouping of cinema's that gave us 'the duke of York' in Brighton. Therefore the chances of a good film, for artsy, hip, smooth, lefty, academics and Movie buffs are always high. I felt that it was a better venue than Brightons 'duke of York' although brighton has the best building, as it is an old theater. I wont go into detail about location as the other ops talk about it. Its by the river, in the town by the church. Once through the sliding doors you are in a chintz free 'hint of the 20's new york' clean, uncluttered but friendly ticket & snacks area (grey tiled floors). Down stairs leads to the toilets, of which I can say the Gents were very clean, with metal trougths (my own personal preference for ease of use & lack os splash), not ceramic urinals. THe water, soap and driers were all of good standard. I presume the ladies were of as high a standard (since THAT incident i have given up trying to get ito the ladies to make my opinions 100% - thanks again for the ride home PC.193). On the ground floor is also a nice looking Cafe /bar / coffee area, with river views. Sadly people were smoking in there so I didnt try anything (for myself eating foo
        d & stinking like a tramp dont mix) but hope to. between films this area seems to do a roaring trade so that points towards quality. The Bar is also a venue for quizes, comedy nights & other such events & readings. Up the minimal style stairs and we are approaching the screens. THe waiting area for the films is against the river side of the building, which gives great views as it is all glass. THere are some art-deco'ish leather sofa's, small glass tables & chrome tubed chairs to rest in. I found the table the right size to tip my popcorn off and onto the floor (can't take me anywhere). Through the doors and into the theatre area, with some info on the city screen and york Cinemas on the wall. The screen I was in was 2. It was a nice sized auditorium, with a steep slope, so hopefully even if you are the short lady that the lanky bloke in the top hat always sits in front of you can still see. THe chairs were suprisingly good, blue crushed velvet & well looked after. THere were no cupholders, nor could the chair arms be moved like in modern W.Bros movie houses. THe leg room was far superior to most venues, with there being only an inch or two difference between City Screen and the large new W. Bros village style of place. The Screens & Sound -------------------------------------------- The screen quality was very good, and even cooler it stretched and adjusted to suit the aspect of the film. For a child like me that was cool enuff to make me go again! THe sound is Dolby and more than adequate, good infact, although I think that some THX places I have been to may be better. If you are a compleat stereo film nerd you may not be satisfied. The service and all the other bits. -------------------------------------------- All the staff seemed to be happy to help and enjoy (as much as one enjoys ) working at the City Screen. Even the ticket sales people were not moody gets, which is a pl
        easent change. The range of sweets and so on is great, with Ben & jerrys ice cream and Free trade chockies for the eco warrior, pseudo lefty, genuine 'doo gooder' and fellers/ felleress's trying to impress the new date. Some Final stuff ----------------------------------------- THe ticket area is full of good info about new releases, special showings and the Cinema in general. The Cinema also operates a very good mailing list & 'Friends of city screen' for regular users to revel in. THis also gives great city wide discounts, which is neat. The film times booklet is full of all relevent details. THe website is WWW.picturehouse-cinemas.co.uk All in all. -------------------------------------------- Its chuffin ace. Try it. you know you want to. All your friends like it. Go on. I dare you. You know you want to.....

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          20.02.2001 17:15
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          The City Screen in York is situated on the banks of the River Ouse right in the middle of the town centre. As York is a pedestrian only town centre this does mean that you can’t park too close to the cinema. The seating in this cinema is extremely comfortable with wide seats and plenty of leg room. The auditorium is quite steep so that there is no problem regarding people in front of you blocking your sight of the screen. The staff were all extremely polite and the whole cinema was spotlessly clean. The large wide screen had a very clear picture and the Dolby sound system gave a wonderful all around sensation to the film. Tickets were £4.50 each for adults (£3 for children) and we felt this was very reasonable considering the high quality of the cinema and it’s facilities. There are some reductions at certain times of the week. There is a café-bar overlooking the river that serves drinks, snacks and light meals with quite a comprehensive menu. Apparently there is also a crèche for 3-8 year olds, but we did not see that. (Our children are too old for that now). One thing we particularly liked was the PA announcements telling you when a film was about to start. This meant that everyone could enjoy a drink in the bar or relax in the lounge area without the fear that they were going to miss the start of their film. Overall this is a very pleasant cinema and one I am sure we will be visiting again.

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