Sussex is home to a huge number of cinemas, with everything from multiplexes broadcasting the latest Hollywood dramas, to small, independent picture-houses showcasing a variety of indie and world cinema.
Brighton, in East Sussex, has two large chain cinemas: the Odeon in the heart of the city's seafront promenade, and Cineworld, located in Brighton Marina. Eight screens showing a range of recent releases make the Odeon a convenient cinema venue, with parking nearby and the vibrant seaside city on the doorstep. Cineworld is a much more family-friendly venue, with the Marina housing several restaurants and children's eateries, as well as a bowlplex directly opposite. Parking in the Marina is free of charge, though buses run from the city centre frequently, taking little over 15 minutes.
The Duke of York's cinema, Preston Circus, is a revered Brighton landmark – made especially distinctive by the stripey legs that kick skywards from the roof. The Duke of York shows the best of current, classic, cult, independent and foreign-language releases. Opened in 1910, this was one of Brighton's first 'picture palaces' and one of the earliest cinemas in the world! Today, it has been lovingly restored to create a comfortable environment, with plush armchair-style seats, and a fully licensed bar. The Duke of York has become famous for its arty nature – keep an eye out for the all-night movie marathons!
Burgess Hill, like Worthing, Eastbourne, Crawley – and indeed most of East Sussex's towns – boasts a Cineworld, showing all recent releases at several times throughout the day.
The smaller Orion Cinema in Burgess Hill is a delightful old venue, with three screens, comfortable seats, and a pleasant well-kept-secret atmosphere. If you're a cinema buff, look out for one of the hundreds of film societies and clubs that operate across the south coast, a region renowned for its liberal tastes, and quirky, arty nature. The Ditchling Village Film Society was conceived 30 years ago by local film enthusiasts and has been meeting in the village hall at 8pm on the first Thursday of every month ever since. It's locally famous for its intelligent and eclectic choice of films, with special screenings, silent classics, and discussions with directors.
Similarly, Lewes Film Club is run by a committee of volunteers, aiming to bring arthouse, classic, foreign-language, and non-commercial films to the residents of Lewes and the surrounding area. Worthing's Dome Cinema is located in a recently restored Grade II listed Edwardian building. The Dome has two screens, a bar, and a lift! Monday night features are at the bargain price of approximately £3 – well worth a visit. Other original and interesting cinemas in Sussex include the Hailsham Pavilion. Beautifully restored and reminiscent of cinema's 'Golden Days', Hailsham Pavilion is both a cinema and a theatre, with a full programme of live events.
Watch out for film festivals taking place at different times of the year. Details can be found on the events page.