In the programme, presenter Nikki Bedi explored our unique history as the birthplace of British cinema and met University of Westminster Archivist Elaine Penn, who explained why the Lumière brothers’ chose this particular location to first screen a moving picture show to a paying British audience in 1896.
Project ambassador Rikki Morgan-Tamosunas shared our exciting vision for the restored Cinema, and current University of Westminster Film and Television students explained the significance of having a dedicated place to showcase their work in the heart of London’s West End. Viewers also heard from campaign supporter Sandi Toksvig about her motivations for getting involved and naming two Cinema seats in the restored venue.
Watch the show on the BBC iPlayer website.
For further information on the Regent Street Cinema visit Birthplace of Cinema where you can find details of the restoration project, an account of the Cinema’s history and a short film narrated by actor and University of Westminster alumnus Timothy West featuring an animation of the restored movie theatre.