Major refurbishment planned for York cinema

Vue Cinema at Clifton Moor, York. Photograph: YorkMix

A major refurbishment is planned for Vue Cinema in York.

The Clifton Moor multiplex has gained planning permission for an external and internal makeover.

It is planned to modernise the look of the building, replacing the roof tiles and exterior cladding with zinc sheets.

Meanwhile a licensing application reveals plans to change the seating in the auditoria, and a refurbishment and refit of the concessions area.


Under its licensing application Vue Entertainment Limited is asking to remove these conditions:

  • that a personal licence holder shall be on the premises at all times that the sale of alcohol is taking place
  • that, save for pre-booked functions, alcohol sold in the auditoria will be supplied only in plastic bottles or glasses
  • that the maximum occupancy of the premises shall be 3,006 in total.

That application will be decided in the next few weeks.

Cinema competition

How the refurbished cinema would look. Image: planning documents
The cinema won’t close, but there will inevitably be some disruption as the improvements get underway.

A spokesperson for Vue told YorkMix:

  • There are improvements underway at our venue in York.

    The venue will remain open during the works but as some screens will be closed we would advise customers to book their seats online.

The makeover comes at a time of renewed competition in the York cinema sector.


Everyman took over the Odeon Cinema on Blossom Street, reopening it in December 2017 after a £3 million refurbishment complete with sofa seating and restaurant.

And a 13-screen IMAX Cineworld Cinema is due to open at Monks Cross as part of the York Stadium complex.

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2 thoughts on “Major refurbishment planned for York cinema

  1. The low prices reflect how tired and bad this cinema is. The only thing keeping it alive is the fact it has a car park.

    It would be great if it had low cost tickets and wasn’t terrible!

  2. What’s the betting that after the refurbishment goes ahead the current low price tickets will go back to regular high prices

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