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Generally known as the Palace Pier before being unofficially renamed by its current owners as Brighton Pier in 2000 (a change not recognised by the National Piers Society), it was begun in 1891 and opened in May 1899 after costing a record 137,000 to build. A concert hall opened two years later.

By 1911 this had become a theatre, but it was removed in 1986, under an understanding that it would be replaced. This has not happened, and the present seaward end building looks fairly modern in comparison with the rest of the structure, supporting a domed amusement arcade and several fairground rides, including several thrill rides, kids rides, 2 roller coasters and a log flume.

In popular culture, the pier features in the 1971 film, Carry On at Your Convenience, and is frequently shown iconically to "set" film and television features in Brighton. The opening scene of the Doctor Who serial The Leisure Hive was shot here and the "Palace Pier" sign features prominently. The pier is also the setting for a murder scene in the British cult classic book (and film), Brighton Rock. It features as the backdrop for many scenes in the Channel 4 series Sugar Rush.

(Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brighton_Pier)

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