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First cinema in Britain University of Westminster

Plaque: First cinema in Britain

Inscription

Commemorating the Centenary of Cinema 1996
In this hall the Lumière Cinématographe premiered to the press on 20th February 1896 and the next day gave the first cinema show to a paying audience in Britain.

We've also heard that in 1951 this was the first cinema to show an X rated film.

2015: Londonist reports that the cinema has been restored and reopened as a cinema.

Site: University of Westminster (4 memorials)

W1, Regent Street, 309, University of Westminster

Formerly The (Regent Street) Polytechnic. The plaque for the first cinema is inside the hall and is not normally accessible except when the hall is in use. The other two plaques are on the Regent Street facade. The University's Archive Services have produced a number of useful research guides for their different sites and facilities.

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First cinema in Britain

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