“Special effects” for the Birthplace of Cinema – Regent Street Cinema

Regent Street Cinema, The Birthplace of British Cinema

Regent Street Cinema, The Birthplace of British Cinema

Regent Street Cinema, hailed as the birthplace of British cinema reopens this week after a £5 million refurbishment and restoration project.  The facility, now part of the University of Westminster has been sympathetically restored under the guidance of acclaimed architectural practice – Tim Ronalds.

Joinery and fitted furniture within the venue has been manufactured and installed by “Specialist Sub Contractors” – Specialist Joinery Group.

It is nearly 120 years since the first moving picture was screened at the venue by the famous french duo, the Lumiere Brothers.  Guests at this Thursday’s grand reopening will be treated to the 1939 Howard Hawks Classic “Only Angels Have Wings” starring Cary Grant, Rita Hayworth and Jean Arthur.

The restoration project is currently featured on BBC News  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-32587146