The Regent Street Cinema will be re-opened by the University of Westminster in May, and its firs programme is now on sale. The University has been touting this as restoring one of the most historic cinemas in Britain to its former grandeur- it was first built in 1848 and housed within the Polytechnic Institution on London’s Regent Street. The cinema was the first in the country to show moving pictures. In 1896, the cinema showcased the Lumière brothers’ Cinématographe to audiences. It was used a student lecture hall by the university after 1980.
Now, the cinema can boast that it is one of the few in the country to show 16mm and 35mm film, as well as the latest in 4K digital film. It will offer exclusive premieres, repertory screenings, retrospectives, documentaries, animation and experimental cinema along with double bills and promotions of British talent.