We are delighted to announce that approval has been received from Westminster City Council to restore our cinema at the Regent Street campus to create a state-of-the art working Cinema and flagship lecture theatre.

The Regent Street Cinema is celebrated as the ‘Birthplace of British Cinema’ as it was used by pioneering filmmakers, the Lumière brothers, to perform their first ever moving picture show in the UK on the 21 February, 1896 – 118 years ago today.

The project will see the preservation of the key architectural features of the cinema from its 1920s heyday, combining the restored fabric with up-to-date technology, bringing it into the 21st century. Once completed, the iconic venue will house a 200-seat auditorium which will be open to the public and become a landmark destination for British film and a lively hub for University of Westminster students and external visitors, including the local community and school children who will come to learn about the heritage and evolution of cinema. Students from the University will also have the opportunity to showcase their work in the heart of London’s vibrant West End, which is something that no other University can offer.

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