The FAB FEST festival features a night in which we have exclusive use of the fantastic Regent Street Cinema. We will show a screening a FAB film - both fabulous and featuring fabrication - followed by some drinks and snacks at the bar.
The Regent Street Cinema has a long and illustrious history, and a beautifully restored present. Built in 1848 and housed within the Polytechnic Institution on London’s Regent Street, the cinema was the first in the country to show moving pictures. In 1896, the cinema showcased the Lumière brothers’ Cinématographe to a paying audience, and, as the curtain fell, British cinema was born. 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. Echoing its history, the cinema will continue to be a catalyst for innovative education and research, and a showcase for the University’s internationally acclaimed work in film, media and visual culture.