Enjoy a Paul Newman classic in 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. For this one, catch the all-time Paul Newman classic Cool Hand Luke. Luke Jackson is sentenced to work with a chain hang after he's accidentally arrested for decapitating parking meters while he's had one too many. The prison warden wants to straighten the prisoners out but, well, Luke is a pretty cool cad indeed. The movie earned Newman an Oscar nomination and George Kennedy an award for their work in this film, and with good reason. This is a high-watermark in movie history. "One of those movies you remember Great Moments from." – Empire Magazine "A tough, taut, smart milestone in the evolution of the American anti-hero, and cracking entertainment too." – Film4 Certificate: 15. Running time: 2 hours 6 minutes.
"A picture of chilling dramatic power."