The Gallery nightclub in Clifford Street, York to close for refurbishment

ONE of York’s biggest nightclubs is to close down next month for a major refurbishment.

The Gallery, in Clifford Street, will call time for the final time in the middle of the Jubilee celebrations on Monday, June 4.

The new owners will then begin a big revamp, and it is understood it will reopen later in the summer.

The Luminar Group Ltd has applied to City of York Council to vary its premises licence to allow for a series of internal alterations, including the relocation of bars, the removal and replacement of fixed seating, and the removal and relocation of the DJ’s booth. Anyone wanting to object has until June 19 to write to the council’s licensing services department.

A Luminar spokesman said the Gallery had been known in the past as GG Barnums and Silks, and “seen some amazing sights”.

He said: “So whether a regular at Barnums, Silks or The Gallery, the Jubilee long weekend represents the last chance to celebrate an end of an era, toast the good times and remember the girls and boys you met while having the time of your life.

“The new owners have exciting plans for the venue and are looking forward to bringing the best bar and club experience to Clifford Street.”

The Press reported last month how the club’s future had been secured after the owners agreed measures to tackle alcohol-fuelled crime and disorder.

Police slated the club last year after crime rocketed by 1,050 per cent in the wake of cheap drinks promotions.

But officers’ demand for a review of the licence was withdrawn after the owners agreed to some of the toughest licensing conditions of any nightclub in York, including an earlier closure time and lower maximum capacity during cheap drinks promotion nights, and barriers to be placed outside the club an hour before it is due to shut, with two members of staff in high-visibility bibs to be deployed every evening.

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8:18am Thu 24 May 12

powerwatt says...

I haven't seen it open, or at the very least anyone going in there for months.
I haven't seen it open, or at the very least anyone going in there for months. powerwatt
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8:21am Thu 24 May 12

Woody Mellor says...

powerwatt wrote:
I haven't seen it open, or at the very least anyone going in there for months.
You have to stay up past 11pm.
[quote][p][bold]powerwatt[/bold] wrote: I haven't seen it open, or at the very least anyone going in there for months.[/p][/quote]You have to stay up past 11pm. Woody Mellor
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8:32am Thu 24 May 12

Jiminy Cricket says...

GG Barnums - what a fantastic place that was. I recall going to Master of Rock there on Monday's and Fridays. They were always packed, had some great live bands playing and there was never any trouble. They should bring back Masters of Rock - even if it is just for a reunion gig.
GG Barnums - what a fantastic place that was. I recall going to Master of Rock there on Monday's and Fridays. They were always packed, had some great live bands playing and there was never any trouble. They should bring back Masters of Rock - even if it is just for a reunion gig. Jiminy Cricket
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9:02am Thu 24 May 12

Stracqualursi says...

It'll still be crap
It'll still be crap Stracqualursi
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9:06am Thu 24 May 12

idlehousewife says...

RIP!
RIP! idlehousewife
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9:20am Thu 24 May 12

Pete the Brickie says...



Police slated the club last year



Ridiculous, this sort of work is far better suited to roofing contractors as they are seldom to fat to use ladders safely and don't need a risk assesment to climb out of bed.

Roofers toned torsos, tight vests, loud wolf whistles and total disregard for safe working practices at height also makes them more attractive to women and men who like other men when working on roofs in prominent city locations than police officers, who are more suited to standing round in large groups at ground level, close to a local fast food outlet, admiring each others company cars whilst wearing big yellow coats.
[quote] Police slated the club last year [/quote] Ridiculous, this sort of work is far better suited to roofing contractors as they are seldom to fat to use ladders safely and don't need a risk assesment to climb out of bed. Roofers toned torsos, tight vests, loud wolf whistles and total disregard for safe working practices at height also makes them more attractive to women and men who like other men when working on roofs in prominent city locations than police officers, who are more suited to standing round in large groups at ground level, close to a local fast food outlet, admiring each others company cars whilst wearing big yellow coats. Pete the Brickie
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9:55am Thu 24 May 12

bar_wench says...

Won't be long before all the old problems come back and the place begins to fail. I'm all for sprucing up the place, its always been awful, but its the people that you get in there that are the problem (all the fighting, drugs etc).
Personally I think the place could do extremely well as a music venue for live bands as well as a nightclub.
Won't be long before all the old problems come back and the place begins to fail. I'm all for sprucing up the place, its always been awful, but its the people that you get in there that are the problem (all the fighting, drugs etc). Personally I think the place could do extremely well as a music venue for live bands as well as a nightclub. bar_wench
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10:30am Thu 24 May 12

Paul2012 says...

bar_wench wrote:
Won't be long before all the old problems come back and the place begins to fail. I'm all for sprucing up the place, its always been awful, but its the people that you get in there that are the problem (all the fighting, drugs etc).
Personally I think the place could do extremely well as a music venue for live bands as well as a nightclub.
I agree I don't think it works as a nightclub any more, not in York people prefer to go to a nice bar or Pub.

Salvation is the same, not amount of refurbishments will keep these places going!

It's the people not the building, if they manage them better then they will see a turn in fortune.

Just my opinion
[quote][p][bold]bar_wench[/bold] wrote: Won't be long before all the old problems come back and the place begins to fail. I'm all for sprucing up the place, its always been awful, but its the people that you get in there that are the problem (all the fighting, drugs etc). Personally I think the place could do extremely well as a music venue for live bands as well as a nightclub.[/p][/quote]I agree I don't think it works as a nightclub any more, not in York people prefer to go to a nice bar or Pub. Salvation is the same, not amount of refurbishments will keep these places going! It's the people not the building, if they manage them better then they will see a turn in fortune. Just my opinion Paul2012
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10:58am Thu 24 May 12

tommyinyork says...

The place is just a haven for chavs and wannabee gangsters. It should be shut down and turned into something more useful and extending york dungeon.
The place is just a haven for chavs and wannabee gangsters. It should be shut down and turned into something more useful and extending york dungeon. tommyinyork
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11:08am Thu 24 May 12

BigJon says...

Wouldn't it be better to close AFTER all the jubilee celebrations rather than in the middle?
Wouldn't it be better to close AFTER all the jubilee celebrations rather than in the middle? BigJon
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11:40am Thu 24 May 12

akuma says...

I recalled when it was Silks, and they promised a major renovation before it reopened as "The Gallery"

What they actually did was cut the square of carpet that had "Silks" written in the patterm, and replaced it with none matching carpet that said "The Gallery" and thats it.

I expect that is will be much the same, a few new bar tops, a lick or paint, and a few bits of replaced carpet where they absolutely have to.
I recalled when it was Silks, and they promised a major renovation before it reopened as "The Gallery" What they actually did was cut the square of carpet that had "Silks" written in the patterm, and replaced it with none matching carpet that said "The Gallery" and thats it. I expect that is will be much the same, a few new bar tops, a lick or paint, and a few bits of replaced carpet where they absolutely have to. akuma
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1:24pm Thu 24 May 12

Ghost of Oscar Deutsch says...

They're installing a 'state-of-the-art' ball pool..you know..for the kiddies!
They're installing a 'state-of-the-art' ball pool..you know..for the kiddies! Ghost of Oscar Deutsch
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9:12pm Sat 26 May 12

Colin the bearded dragon says...

tommyinyork wrote:
The place is just a haven for chavs and wannabee gangsters. It should be shut down and turned into something more useful and extending york dungeon.
Probably best to keep it open so we can keep the chavs locked away from the rest of us at least for a while.
[quote][p][bold]tommyinyork[/bold] wrote: The place is just a haven for chavs and wannabee gangsters. It should be shut down and turned into something more useful and extending york dungeon.[/p][/quote]Probably best to keep it open so we can keep the chavs locked away from the rest of us at least for a while. Colin the bearded dragon
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