Britain’s first ever cinema to be restored on Regent Street

Posted at 4:45 pm, February 21, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment, News

Britain’s first ever cinema, located on Regent Street near the University of Westminster, is set for a full restoration under plans announced this week. It was on this site in 1896 that France’s Lumiere brothers – widely regarded as the fathers of film – presented Britain’s first moving picture show, and the building later became one of the city’s most beloved picture palaces. The new 200-seat Regent Street Cinema will retain many original architectural features, presenting a programme which tends towards the artier end of the film spectrum. They’re also planning to host plenty of educational events, both for the local Uni students and for the children of nearby schools, who can come along and learn all about the history of cinema in Britain. Building is set to kick off in April, with the cinema ready to open in 2015. See you at the popcorn stand!

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