64 North Street,
Brighton, BN1 1RH

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Previously operated by: Jacey Cinemas, Miles Byrne Group

Functions: Restaurant

Previous Names: Bijou Electric Empire, Prince's Electric Theatre, Bijou Select Palace, Prince's Cinema, Prince's News Theatre, Jacey Cinema, Brighton Film Theatre

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Cinescene opened in 1911 as the Bijou Electric Empire. Below is a timeline for this theater……

Bijou Electric Empire (1911-1915)
Prince’s Electric Theatre (1915-1918)
Bijou Select Palace (1918-1919)
Prince’s Cinema (1919-1947
Prince’s News Theatre (1947-1967)
Jacey Cinema (1967-1969)
Brighton Film Theatre (1969-1978)
Cinescene (1979-1983)

The Cinescene closed on the second week of June, 1983 with Johnathan Pryce in “The Ploughman’s Lunch”. The building stood empty from then until 1988 until it was re-opened as a fast-food restaurant, now a Burger King. At busy times, the main auditorium section is opened up and there is provision to screen movies on the screen via VHS video, although this is not done often.

Contributed by Lost Memory

Recent comments (view all 4 comments)

Ian on November 25, 2007 at 12:59 pm

Another photo of the Cinescene, taken post closure, pre transformation into fast-food outlet here:–

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Davell on June 4, 2008 at 9:22 am

Several years ago I went into the projection box of the Cinescene. They were using Kalee 21 projectors with President arcs. A Duosonic sound system was also employed.

RHScottSpencer on March 15, 2013 at 9:54 am

I worked as a relief projectionist at this cinema when it was known as The Brighton Film Theatre and run by Myles Byrne’s and the BFI. Yes the equipment was old but it did all work. on July 29, 2013 at 6:37 pm

Yes! I recognize it from the 1933 b/w photo.I saw the “Desert Song ” (1929) there, “Mr.Midshipman Easy”, probably “When knights were bold” w. Jack Buchanan, and a film with Diana Churchill in it. Can’t recall the title. Nice, cosy, little cinema.


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