Q) Who can watch films at York Student Cinema?

Everyone! YSC welcome all University of York students, partners, visiting friends, members of the public, alumni, staff and children. If you are a student you don’t have to be a member of the society to attend. On another note, ID may be requested for films rated 15 or 18 (Student ID will be accepted).

Q) How Do I Find YSC?

YSC operate from lecture theatre P/X/001.
Directions from campus; in the Exhibition Centre is just across Central Hall Bridge and on the right and P/X/001 is just by the exit through the other side (exit near YUSU).

From town or the train station; the bus numbers 66 and 66a go to campus with a return only costing £2. Simply ask the driver for “the University Library” and to be told when that is if you’re unfamiliar with the route. Then head away from the hill till you hit the Market shops. When facing the shops take the path down the left hand side until it reaches the lake. Then turn left again till you reach Central Hall (spaceship) about 50m then turn right. If you head forwards you should hit central bridge then follow the above directions.

Q) What Technology does YSC Use?

Our experience of technology since the 1960s has covered a range of cinema history. Currently we use the same technology as any other leading Cinema: A Christie 2000 digital projector (acquired through the generous donations from YFund), Dolby Surround Sound speakers and a large Cinema Scope screen. If anyone has had lectures in P/X/001, rest assured our screen drops down and our speakers are rolled out to make it much more a cinematic experience.

Q) How do YSC get their Films so Soon?

We get asked this a lot but we are not trying to deceive you with our name; we operate exactly the same as a normal cinema apart from that we are run by volunteers so only show three films a week and any money we make goes straight back into the cinema. Our films are all supplied by cinema distributors (and they are not DVDs).

Q) How Do I Join YSC as a Member and What Do I Gain?

We like to think that YSC is a fantastic society to join as we are run exactly as a normal cinema but with a friendlier feel. Any student can be a member by finding us on the YUSU website https://www.yusu.org/groups/york-student-cinema-ysc and paying the £5 membership fee. This then entitles you to one free ticket, and then discounted tickets for all other screenings.

If you wish to be more involved in the society you should feel free to come along to one of our weekly meetings at 18:00 every Monday. We will help you to find what role suits you and introduce you to our other members. Helping out with screenings also entitles you to see that screening for free.

Our roles include front of house service, working on the refreshments stand, committee members (elections end of spring term), projecting with our digital projector, press and publicity, magazine work and website roles including running our blog.

What do you get from back from YSC? The chance to see all our films for free, the chance to vote on what films we should show, great experience to put on your CV (with so many roles we can really tailor your experience if you want something specific for a career) and great friends with lots of socials (ranging from meals and nights out to film nights).

Q) Can Others Organise Socials with YSC?

We welcome any societies or outside clubs who wish to have a social with us. If you like the look of any of our films, we offer discount for tickets bought in large bulk. If you wish to request a certain film, please be aware we will need plenty of notice (usually a term) and cannot offer a guarantee. For a private screening our films cost us over £200 to show so please be aware this will not be a cheap endeavour.

PLEASE NOTE: Only our trained projectionists have access to our equipment. No-one not associated with the Society will be allowed to access our equipment. The small screen, computer sound and computer projector in P/X/001 are available for everyone to use.

Q) Can I Buy Tickets in Advance?

We currently do not offer an advance ticket option. All tickets are bought on the night from our front of house staff located just outside P/X/001. Front of House opens ticket sales at 6.45pm. Seats are also not allocated so we recommend coming early for popular screenings so as to get good seats. (NB: The back row will always be reserved for Members and societies can reserve their favourite seats)

Q) What Happens if a Showing Sells Out?

At YSC we have a capacity of around 250 people per screening. For health and safety we cannot exceed this this number. If a screening sells out and there is still a demand for it, we will run a double screening which means the film will be run again immediately after the first screening. We are doing our best to predict when this will happen and advertise it in advanced but it isn’t an exact science so that is not always possible! Our front of house staff will advise what time a second screening will start depending on the length of the film. Tickets may be bought early for the second screening or you may buy them before the second screening at the same place.

Q) What does the Refreshments Stand sell?

Our refreshments stand offers the cheapest prices on campus, all located just inside P/X/001! Large bags of sweet and salted popcorn are 59p each or 2 for £1, bags of sweets (inc. Buttons, Haribo, Milky Bat, Aero Mint Bubbles) are £1 and drinks (inc Coke, Diet Coke, Fizzy Lemon, Fixxy Orange and Water) are just 65p!

Q) Is YSC Award Winning?

In 2014, York Student Cinema was awarded York Student Union’s Society of the Year after being nominated by our loyal members, not only that, but the 2015 committee won the Committee of the Year at the, newly named, Love York Awards at the university. Over the years YSC has won many awards from both YUSU and the British Film Federation Society (BFFS) including Winner and runner up multiple times of their award for Best Student Cinema.

Q) The lights are on during the screening, can you turn them off?

Due to the fact that we operate in one of the University Lecture theatres we do not have the power to change equipment and facilities as we choose. The lights system in P/X/001 is known to be temperamental, and we do all that we can to ensure that the lights are low and that there is a suitable environment for the film.

Q) When am I entitled to see a film for free?

There are two scenarios in which we offer free films to our customers/members.

  1. If a customer has gained a free ticket from a promotion or as a prize they will be given a physical “free pass” ticket to be presented to our front of house staff. Members will also get one free ticket when they buy membership, this will not be in the form of a physical ticket, however, and you will need to give your university email address to our front of house staff when you wish to claim your free ticket.
  2. Members of the cinema are entitled to watch, for free, any film that they are involved in running. Without our members running front of house, refreshments and projecting, our cinema wouldn’t be the same.

Q) Now that the membership has been introduced, is my old Loyalty card still valid?

Yes. Any half price or free tickets earned by a loyalty card currently owned by a customer, will be honoured by YSC. Please note that the discounts will be applied to the new ticket prices and new Loyalty cards will not be given. Now is the time to dig out those Loyalty cards and get those discounts while you can!

Q) Why have you introduced membership and increased ticket prices?

We here at YSC want to be a platform for students and independent cinema. It is important to us to be competitive with other cinemas but to also provide a professional cinema experience. Striking a balance between the two can be tough. We have the cheapest cinema ticket prices in all of York and the surrounding area, and we aim to keep it that way, but we think you would be more disappointed if the cinema had to cease its operation, that you would be by us raising the ticket prices. At £4 our tickets are still better than half price of the Picture House student tickets and also cheaper than Reel Cinema’s student prices. Your £5 membership will last you the entire year and will be put towards equipment and upkeep of the cinema to enhance your viewing experience and will entitle you to discounted prices.

If you have any other questions, recommendations or request, please contact us at ysc@yusu.org and we will get back to you as soon as possible!