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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
21st July 1964 Tottenham Hotspur's Scottish striker John White is killed by lightning playing golf in North London.
21st July 1938 Paul Hindemith and Leonide Massines ballet premieres in London
21st July 1884 The First Test was held at Lord's Cricket Ground.
21st July 1866 Cholera-epidemic kills hundreds in London
21st July 1863 Born today: C[harles] Aubrey Smith, London England, actor (Prisoner of Zenda)
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.