Film buffs rejoice as first cinema in Britain reopens its doors
The Regent Street Cinema is set to reopen its doors after a £5 million major restoration project to return it to its former glory. The venue - located in one of London’s premier shopping streets - made history as the original cinema in Britain, screening the first moving picture by the Lumière brothers back in 1896.
After languishing away as a university lecture hall for 35 years, the newly revamped cinema will screen for film enthusiasts. The film Lambert and Stamp - a documentary based around iconic band The Who - was chosen as the opening film which was followed by an actor Q&A session. Those in charge of restoring the 200-seat cinema were keen to maintain its original charm, including striking art deco design detail and the Compton organ from 1935.