Britain’s oldest cinema

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.

Elgin Marbles at the British Museum | Karoliina Kazi

The Parthenon Sculptures, also known as the Elgin Marbles at the British Museum.

Gelupo, Soho, London | Karoliina KaziGelupo | Karoliina KaziGelupo, Soho, London | Karoliina Kazi

 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.

Regent Street Cinema

Image source: Regent Street Cinema

Regent Street Cinema

Image Source: Regent Street Cinema

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.

Regent Street Cinema | Karoliina Kazi

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.

The Wishing Tree


307 Regent St, London W1B 2HW  |  +44 207 911 5050  |  website


  1. 20th May 2016 / 6:05 am

    Rhubarb Crumble?? Yum!

    I’m new here and I’m learning so much about places I’ve never been. Thank you!

    20th May 2016 / 7:40 am

    Hi Jessica. So glad you enjoyed reading the posts. I’m still new myself so love absolutely hearing feedback, thank you. They have unusual flavours at Gelupo, probably one of the reasons they are so popular. And it was yummy too!

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