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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
3rd April 1985 Vic Elliot pocketed 15,780 pool balls in 24 hours in London
3rd April 1981 Race riots in London's Brixton area
3rd April 1976 The Sex Pistols open for Joe Strummer's 101's at the Nashville Rooms.
3rd April 1957 Samuel Beckett's Endgame, premieres in London
3rd April 1934 Born today: Jane Goodall, London England, ethologist (studied African chimps)
3rd April 1932 Born today: Janet Bately, Prof of English Language (King's College London)
3rd April 1893 Born today: Leslie Howard, [Stainer], London, actor (Gone With the Wind)
3rd April 1888 Key Whitechapel prostitute murder prior to Jack the Ripper.
3rd April 1764 Born today: John Abernethy, London, surgeon
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.