We spent our Sunday morning strolling around and enjoying our day off, popped into the British Museum, and had lunch and delicious gelato in Soho. In the afternoon went to see a film in Britain’s oldest cinema, the Regent Street Cinema that, after 35 years, re-opened its doors to the public in May 2015.
The Parthenon Sculptures, also known as the Elgin Marbles at the British Museum.
The birthplace of British cinema
In February 1896 the French film pioneers Auguste and Louis Lumière brought their cinématographe to London on tour with people paying a shilling to watch 40-second clips of moving images – a major milestone in the history of film.
After being used as a student lecture hall by the university since 1980, The Regent Street Cinema was restored to its former grandeur and into a working cinema by the University of Westminster. It is truly a landmark venue for the British film industry in the heart of London’s West End.
All the art deco features from Regent Street Cinema’s first renovation in the 1920s have been restored, as has the building’s domed ceiling and even the original Compton organ, used to soundtrack silent films.
Film: The wishing tree
The second of Abuladze’s renowned ‘trilogy’ is a beautifully shot love story based on the writings of Giorgi Leonidze. This epic tale is a spectacular mosaic of village life in pre-revolutionary Georgia.
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