Brighton has a lot going on pretty much 24 hours, being famous for its club scene, with places often found open until 5am on weekends. Brighton also has a huge amount of theatre and performing space, with many residents embracing the artistic culture of the city to create unique performances and shows. With 4 large cinemas spread across the city, if you're fancying something more big-screen, we've got you covered too!



The Odeon Cinema is almost on the seafront in the city centre - if you follow West Street down the hill to the beach, it's on your right near the bottom. Big cinema with 2D and 3D showings - the most central big chain cinema!


Out at the Marina, but much easier to park (sometimes it's even free!) with similar showings to the Odeon.


There are two Picturehouse cinemas, one is the Duke of York's, which lays a (not yet proven) claim to being the oldest continually running cinema in Britain and has big, comfy seats (and some sofas), alcohol and good food. You can sometimes catch all night runnings of famous film trilogies (Lord of the Rings, I'm looking at you) with breakfast included. It is a grade II listed building and has previously been voted the best cinema in the UK. You can find the cinema at Preston Circus, at the end of London Road,  near the fire station (there's a huge 5 way intersection at this point, so it's easy to spot!).
There is a smaller, bit similarly comfortable Picturehouse cinema in the North Laine area, within the Komedia club, called Duke's at Komedia. You can spot both of the cinemas by the two legs sticking out of the roof!

The Duke of York's Picture House. Note the giant can-can legs on the roof!


Theatre Royal:

The best known Brighton theatre - tucked just behind the Royal Pavilion, only 5 minutes from the station, it's a spectacular Grade II listed building and one of the oldest theatres in the country! If you get the chance to see The Rocky Horror Show, you'll see it at its liveliest!

Brighton Little Theatre:

A cosy, not-for-profit, 71-seater theatre set just on the edge of the town centre, with a fully stocked bar and very dedicated volunteers running the whole show, from set and prop design to tending the bar!

New Venture Theatre:

Originally a church school, for over 60 years the space has been used to house two theatre stages and the production company has won several awards for their various performances!

Emporium Theatre and Cafe-Bar:

Near the open market, along London Road, Emporium is Brighton's only producing theatre, with a great warehouse space for peformances set behind a spacious and tasty bar and cafe.


The Rialto theatre space hosts a wide various of events, covering theatre, music and fringe related events during Brighton Fringe. Set in a Grade II listed gothic revival style building that has served as a chapel, school and offices, the building would be worth a visit even if there weren't also great shows to see!

The Marlborough Pub and Theatre:

This building has seen so much history it needs its own wiki page - one of the most interesting rumours is of an old passageway that supposedly connected the Royal Pavilion to the basement, to allow the prince to sneak to the theatre or brothel in the inn. Plenty of pub space and a pool table, combined with an upstairs theatre showing a huge variety of performances and home to the Pink Fringe production company, who are famous for their progressive queer and LGBT shows and supporthe development of queer and LGBT works.

The Iron Duke Pub and Threatre:

Pub, guest house, thai restaurant and theatre. Why ever leave? An intimate performance space with 40 seats, the Iron Duke runs a wide variety of theatre, music and comedy shows throughout the year.

The Old Market:

The Old Market (or TOM) has hosted international theatre and big name comedians, whilst also running a whole range of local and independent shows throughout the year. Owned and managed by the creators of the smash-hit show, STOMP.

Copyright of Victor Frankowski and Brighton Festival.


We've tried to include all places in this list where late night dancing and thumping music are the dishes of the day (or night), if you're just looking for a drink, check out our bars search! We've given quick summaries for space - there really is not a lack of clubbing opportunity!


Pryzm is huge, with 3 clubbing rooms and 3 separate bars, all with their own themes, including our favourite, the disco room, with light-up dance floor included.


A cocktail bar chain with a tiki theme, running dance and tiki beats nights several times a week. Lots of bamboo and some giant Moai heads that we may or may not have witnessed people climbing on.


One of the two biggest gay clubs in Brighton (just around the corner from the other), during the day it is a bar and restaurant, at night it runs several music nights until late, often alongside a very cheap drink offering!


Cafe, Diner and Club, depending on the time of the day and located right on the seafront. Often open until 4am (sometimes as late/early? as 7am), this club also does its best to get all their waste recycled and keep an eye on their electricity use (as much as you can with an enormous sound system).


Shows, food and clubbing. Chilled out bar and terrace on one floor, DJs and dancing on the other!


Huge student nights on Thursdays and right on the seafront, alongside rumours of a bungee run, what more do you need? A huge warehouse style club.


Late night Jazz, Funk, Soul and Motown, all night, mixed in with retro dance anthems and set in a good sized basement, this club is a good alternative to the more traditional club music.


The biggest gay club in Brighton, with 3 floors of themed music every night, with at least 1 cheese floor. Also hosts shows, karaoke and frequently has discount drinks.


Seafront terrace during the day, transitions to an underground club at night. Pick up a student loyalty card for a lot of discounts, if you're eligible!

The Haunt:

A converted cinema, with regular weekly club nights and live music events. As an old cinema, the main venue is large, with a raised stage and big screen. Every Saturday it is 1985 night - we've spent quite a few nights there!

The Green Door Store:

A newer venue hidden under the archways below the rail station and promises of something for everyone, with as many as 14 events a week! Free entry to the bar every day.

Concorde 2:

Not sure what happened to Concorde 1, but Concorde 2 is a 600 people, award winning live music and nightclub venue. Often hosts big headline acts, as one of the biggest live music venues in the south.

Funky Fish Club:

Popular with Hen Nights because of the chilled dress code rules (costumes allowed) and the connection with the Dreamboys male strippers available for hire. This club also lays claim to being the oldest nightclub in Brighton,

FunFair Club:

Clubbing with a funfair theme - ball pits, snake charmers and gymnastics along with disco music and plenty of dancing.

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