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The Magic Screen by Joost Hunningher, Rikki Morgan-Tamosunas, Guy Osborn and Ro Spankie

The Magic Screen by Joost Hunningher, Rikki Morgan-Tamosunas, Guy Osborn and Ro Spankie

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The Magic Screen by Joost Hunningher, Rikki Morgan-Tamosunas, Guy Osborn and Ro Spankie 

A history of the Regent Street Cinema.

Playing host to invention and wonder

To celebrate the renovation and re-opening of the Regent Street Cinema, its long and fascinating history has been told for the first time.

Built in 1848 for showcasing ‘optical exhibitions’, in 1896 the theatre was the site of the first UK public performance of the Lumière’s Cinématographe. It evolved into a cinema specialising in travelogues and nature films in the 1920s, becoming the Cameo-Poly after the Second World War. Regularly hosting premieres of continental films, the cinema achieved another first with its screening of La Vie Commence Demain in 1951, the first X-certificate film in the UK. After mixed fortunes in the 1970s, the cinema closed to the public in 1980.

This multi-authored volume tells the cinema’s history from architectural, educational, legal and cinematic perspectives, and is richly illustrated throughout with images from the University of Westminster Archive.

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