Industry names gather for our milestone celebration
Friends and supporters gathered on Wednesday 15 October to celebrate progress on site and to acknowledge all those who have so far supported our £6 million fundraising campaign, enabling it to reach its three-quarter mark. We had great pleasure in welcoming guests from the film, television and arts industries including Sandi Toksvig, broadcaster and producer, Greg Dyke, chair of the BFI and Nick Kent, former director of the Tricycle Theatre and Cinema Advisory Board member. As we enter the final stages of our campaign to raise the remaining £1.3 million there is still time to get invoved, through naming a Cinema seat or by becoming one of our individual or corporate founders.
British film - a lecture with alumnus John Woodward
Join us on Tuesday 4 November when John Woodward, Managing Director at Arts Alliance (formerly Chief Executive Officer of the UK Film Council and Director of the BFI), will deliver his lecture on 'The Rise (and Fall and Rise Again) of the British Film Industry’. John graduated in Media Studies from the University (PCL) in 1983 and will be coming back to our Regent Street headquarters to share with us his insights and inside knowledge of both the highs and lows of the British film industry.
Name a seat and join us in spring 2015
Thanks to our supporters and friends nearly half the seats in the restored Cinema have now been named. By choosing to name a seat you will be invited to join us in spring 2015 for a special reception and screening in the newly restored Cinema and to view your seat and personalised name plaque. You will also receive recognition on our website and a one year membership to the Cinema. You can name a seat for £750 or an exclusive Director’s seat for £1,500.
Behind the scenes at the Cinema site
Take our picture story tour of the Cinema under construction and see how the new design scheme, created by Tim Ronalds Architects, is bringing to life the historic fabric of the Cinema and transforming it into a state-of-the-art auditorium. The current construction site office will be transformed into a dedicated learning room at the rear of the auditorium, while a café, bar and foyer space opening onto Regent Street will provide a comfortable social area for all audiences and offer a unique and engaging visitor experience.
Retracing the Cinema's history
Further research into the history of this unique space is being undertaken for a special upcoming book, to be published next spring in conjunction with the Cinema’s launch. To reflect the rich history of the Cinema itself, several specialist authors will contribute chapters on architecture, legal history and our rich heritage of innovation and film education. If you visited the Cinema and would like to share your memories as part of our oral history programme, we would love to hear from you.
Regent Street Cinema: Key milestones reached & £1.3m left to raise!
Construction work on the redevelopment of Regent Street Cinema has this month reached a critical milestone - the half way point.
Visitors and passers-by will have noticed the huge picture hoarding is up at no.307,and the project has begun recruitment of a Director of Cinema, who will be responsible for curating and delivering a unique and original programme of content and establishing the Cinema as a leading centre for film in the heart of London’s West End.
I am delighted that the project, which has been supported by the West End Ward budget, will see the restoration of one of the most important cinemas in Britain to its former glory, evoking its 19th century heritage, while looking to the future.
The Cinema is on schedule to re-open in spring next year.
Having recently celebrated success in securing 75% of the £6m funding required for the capital project and engagement programme, just over £1.3 million is still needed. There are plenty of opportunities for West End residents and businesses to get involved and play their part in the restoration of this landmark venue for the British film industry now, before the Cinema launches. For more about that visit the project website at www.birthplaceofcinema.com.
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