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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
19th October 1960 Born today: Dan Woody Woodgate, London, rock drummer (Madness)
19th October 1944 British premier Winston Churchill flies back to London from Moscow
19th October 1941 Born today: Simon Ward, London England, actor (4 Musketeers, 4 Feathers)
19th October 1911 Royal Mint in London sends dies for $1 coin to Ottawa Branch
19th October 1741 David Garrick appears on stage in West End for the first time, in the title role of Richard III.
The Regent Street Cinema
Historic Regent Street Cinema to be restored
Location: 309 Regent Street, W1B 2UW
Description: A London cinema which hosted the UK's first proper public screening is being restored, with the help of a 1.5 million Heritage Lottery Fund grant.
The Regent Street Cinema, within the University of Westminster's flagship building, first screened the Lumiere brothers' moving picture show in 1896.
Considered the birthplace of British cinema, it is currently used as a lecture theatre.
Following the restoration it will open to the public, filmmakers and students.
The University of Westminster announced plans to return the historic 19th Century cinema to a state-of-the-art auditorium earlier this year.
The project is backed by some of the biggest names in the British film industry and has now secured two-thirds of the 6.1 million necessary funding.
Housed within the University's Grade II listed building, it is hoped the Regent Street Cinema will reopen in 2014.
The Lumiere brothers chose the Regent Street Polytechnic, as it was then called, for the screening because of the institution's reputation as a leader in scientific experimentation and entertainment.
It was the UK's first public cinema performance to a paying audience.