The last great comedy of the silent era
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 event, catch a screening of the civil war spellbinder, The General, complete with live improvisatory accompaniment by pianist Matan Porat, whose silent film work has been described by The New Yorker "an astounding feat of creative musicianship". It might be a silent movie, but this is a screening that'll speak volumes. Certificate: Universal. Running time: 1 hour 19 minutes.
"The greatest comedy ever made, the greatest civil war film ever made, and perhaps the greatest film ever made."