Britain's First Cinema to Finally Reopen and Welcome Movie Lovers Anew
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Before George Lucas would give us “Star Wars” and Michael Bay would ruin our childhood, Regent Street Cinema Theater was unveiling the very first images of motion pictures in the United Kingdom.
After an expensive overhaul, the theater will make its triumphant return to showing movies this week.
The Guardian’s Hannah Ellis-Petersen reports on a historic landmark that will be getting back to its roots this coming Wednesday.
Regent Street Cinema’s official website offers more detail to those who might want to frequent a refurbished London gem. According to its calendar, Wednesday welcomes audiences to enjoy “Lambert and Stamp.”
On Thursday the cinema will show “Only Angels Have Wings” with works such as “Still Alice,” “Alien” and “Blade Runner” following later in the month.
BBC Breakfast's Graham Satchell re-introduces the world to a rare beauty in the form of this remodeled theater:
The following video gives a closer look at the Lumière brothers’ early works, which include the men playing cards and the train coming into the station mentioned in the video above:
And this treat from a few years ago shows off the space that was used for some time as an auditorium for various talks. As you will see, many of the original banisters were still in place:
Shira Macleod, who works as the cinema director, spoke to the Guardian about her vision for the renewed space: “I’d like to be able to show a lot of silent films with music and I’d like to show a lot of archive material, I’d like to show some Lumière brothers films. I really want to support British films, I want this to be a place for British films to be released because I really feel that British films are not supported and I want to carry on doing double bills.”
The first motion picture to hit the country took place in this very theater in 1896, which started a legacy that would last in some form until 1980.
Thanks to a reported £6 million in expenditures, this historic landmark will again open its doors for cinema lovers with aims on enjoying all manner of movie fare in a truly rare location.
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