We are delighted to be hosting our second RECex event in such a prestigious venue as The Regent Street Cinema in London’s West End. As part of the Universtity of Westminster, the stage and screen has a spectacular and unique history.
The cinema began life in 1848 when a new theatre was added on to the south side of what was then the Royal Polytechnic Institution. The theatre was purpose built for the ‘optical exhibitions’ for which the institution had become famous. Early shows included demonstrations of the latest scientific and technological innovations, lantern slides as a backdrop to live music and drama, and full theatrical performances. On Christmas Eve 1862 a production of Charles Dickens’ ghost story The Haunted Man included the first demonstration of Pepper’s Ghost and there were many subsequent plays incorporating this unfailingly popular illusion.
On 20 February 1896, the Polytechnic’s theatre became the birthplace of cinema in the UK, when the Lumière brothers’ Cinématographe machine was demonstrated to the press and these earliest of moving images given their first presentation to a paying audience the following day.
After a three year fundraising campaign the Regent Street Cinema was restored and re-opened by the University of Westminster in May 2015, reinstating one of the most historic cinemas in Britain to its former grandeur.
Situated on Regent Street, in London’s West End, it would be impossible to find a more perfect venue for RECex.
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The Regent Street Cinema
307 Regent St
If you’re looking for nearby parking, try Q-Park, just 2 minutes walk away under Cavendish Square Gardens.
Located right in the heart of London’s historic West End, our venue is just a 2 minute walk north from Oxford Circus tube station. Close to a huge number of local bus routes – it’s probably easiest to use Transport for London’s Journey Planner to find the swiftest route here.
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