York Visitor Guide



YORK THEATRE ROYAL St. Leonard's Place, York YO1 7HD 01904 623568
The theatre dates back to 1744 and currently seats 847 people. Whilst traditionally it is a proscenium theatre, in 2011 it was redesigned to offer productions in-the-round. Each year over 200,000 people attend a wide variety of performances and activities. The theatre hosts many of its own productions, as well as hosting touring companies. The main stage and studio are regularly used by local amateur dramatic and operatic societies.


GRAND OPERA HOUSE Cumberland Street, York YO1 9SW 0844 871 3024

The building was built as a Corn Exchange in 1868 and later converted into a theatre in 1902. In the fifties it was converted into large open space suitable for roller skating, dancing and wrestling. In 1987 the theatre was restored back to its former glory with new seating and stage. Today the theatre is host to all forms of entertainment including pantomimes, musicals, comedy shows with a sprinkling of famous faces appearing from time to time.


YORK BARBICAN Paragon Street, York YO10 4NT 0844 854 2757
The centre hosts many various forms of entertainment including music events, family shows and community events throughout the year. There is a 1,500 seating capacity. Recently refurbished and upgraded the York Barbican is not only an entertainment venue it provides a unique and exciting environment for a diverse range of corporate events and is an excellent venue available for conferences.


JOSEPH ROWNTREE THEATRE Haxby Road, York YO31 8TA 01904 658197
An exquisite art deco 350 seat theatre located away from the city centre. It is the a centre of various forms of live entertainment, from pantomime and musicals. Local groups such as the Rowntree Players an amateur society perform regularly. There are also performances from national and international touring musicians and other forms of entertainment.


FRIARGATE THEATRE Lower Friargate, York YO1 9SL 01904 613000

A small 100 seat studio theatre run by Riding Lights Theatre Company. It also hosts tour a variety of events by visiting performing arts groups. The theatre is committed to supporting education work with as well as dedicated work with its own local community. Each summer a Summer Theatre School is open to all ages and abilities.

UPSTAGE CENTRE YOUTH THEATRE 41�Monkgate, York YO31 7PB 01904 674675
A thriving and lively arts centre that organizes youth theatre activity and show productions from visiting companies.  They offer young people of all backgrounds and abilities the opportunity to get involved in the arts.  They offer members the chance to be part of exciting and rewarding projects, classes and shows to the benefit of our audiences, our members, and the local community. 


NATIONAL CENTRE FOR EARLY MUSIC Walmgate, York YO1 9TL 01904 632220
The centre offers an extensive programme of live music events throughout the year. Based in a medieval church in the centre of York it is the home of the internationally acclaimed York Early Music Festival. The centre promotes all-year round music entertainment consisting of jazz, folk and early music concerts as well as an educational programme.



CITY SCREEN 12-17 Coney Street, York YO1 9QL 0871 704 2054
City Screen is ideally placed in a riverside setting in the city centre. The three auditoria can seat 226, 142 and 135 people. The venue is ideal for private functions and conferences. There is a licensed bar and café-restaurant and the first-floor Sky Lounge gives magnificent and scenic river views.

REEL CINEMA Blossom Street, York YO24 1AJ 01904 733633
Formerly The Odeon Cinema dating back to the 1930's. The cinema is now fully open after a complete refurbishment which included the addition of two screens. The foyer houses a box office and a concessions counter that offers a large range of chocolates, sweets, popcorn, hotdogs and cold drinks.

VUE Clifton Moor Centre, Stirling Road, York YO30 4XY 0871 224 0240
Located outside the centre at Clifton Moor. A modern Sony 4K digital cinema experience at which combines outstanding picture quality with superb Dolby 'Profound Sound' audio. Dolby Digital Surround Sound is fitted as standard in all 12 screens and there is a special 3D enabled screen. Ample parking available



THE BASEMENT 13-17 Coney Street, York YO1 9QL 01904 612940

The venue hosts an eclectic mix of events including live music, poetry, comedy, drama and DJ nights. Situated below the City Screen cinema in the heart of the city. The layout of this underground club make the venue very intimate with the audience seated very close. Open from 8pm until 11pm for the majority of events and host each Sunday to Comedy Club.



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