A screening of the cult musical starring David Bowie at Britain's oldest cinema
Regent Street Cinema is Britain's oldest picturehouse. On 21 February 1896, it became the birthplace of cinema in the UK, when the Lumière brothers used their Cinematographé machine to show the earliest of moving images to a paying audience. Having reopened in May 2015, the staff have been dedicated to engaging with the cinema's groundbreaking legacy, showcasing everything from classic films, internationally acclaimed work and even the odd blockbuster. Set against a backdrop of emerging teen culture and rising racial tension in late ‘50s London, Colin MacInnes' cult novel is brought to the screen in Julien Temple’s lavish musical adaptation. Struggling young photographer Colin sees his ambitious, fame-seeking girlfriend Crepe Suzette slipping away as she ruthlessly pursues a career in fashion. To win her back he’ll need to compromise his idealism and do whatever it takes to make the big time himself. Certificate: 12A. Running time: 1 hour 37 minutes.
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