About the venue


The Basement is a 100 capacity events venue situated below City Screen Picturehouse cinema, right in the heart of York city centre. The venue has hosted an eclectic mix of events including comedy, live music, poetry & drama since March 2000. Its low ceiling and side on layout make the venue incredibly intimate, with the audience rarely more than a couple of metres away from the acts. Although not exactly what you expect from a venue, The Basement has a character all of its own.


Opening Hours


Unless otherwise stated The Basement operates from 8pm until 11pm for the majority of gigs, and 7:30pm until 10pm for other events. However, occasionally some events may start earlier or finish later than these times so please check the individual event pages prior to the event. City Screen is open from 10:30 am every day.


How to get Tickets


Tickets can be bought from any till in City Screen during the opening hours of the cinema. For telephone bookings please call 0871 902 5726, or to book online please follow the link on the individual event page.


Age Policy


The Basement is a 16+ venue. This means that ID may be checked and admission may be refused. However, if you want to attend an event and you are under the age of 16, please get in touch with The Basement's management before travelling to the event via cityscreenyork.basement@picturehouses.co.uk, who may allow entry, if you come accompanied by a guardian aged 18 or over. Occasionally some events can be either 14+ (in which no alcohol is served or permitted in) or 18+. Please check the individual event page to check the age restriction of a particular night. Again, the same policy applies to those under these ages.


Accepted IDs


The Basement strictly enforces age restrictions on alcohol. We accept the following forms of ID:



Driving license

PASS Scheme Card

National ID Cards


Disabled Access


The Basement is fully accessible to all. If you have any special requirements please either let The Basement's management know in advance via cityscreenyork.basement@picturehouses.co.uk,or inform the staff on the door or on the main box office who will be happy to help.


How to Get a Gig


The Basement works exclusively on a hire basis so if you're in a band (or you're a poet, comedian, solo artist or anyone else looking for an audience) then you need to get in touch with our regular promoters. They are all lovely people who will be happy to help if they can. You should also feel free to get in touch with us directly for assistance, more information on which is on our contact page.