The Cinema Museum, London



After 15 years of campaigning The Cinema Museum’s future looks bright. At last we have a chance to secure a permanent home for the Museum and save our well-loved, unique heritage building.

We just signed a 4-year lease with our landlords, Anthology (part of the Lifestory Group) – with an option to purchase the Master’s House buildings for £1 million. Want to help us make this happen? You can make a donation at


Please have a look at our 2018 brochure that outlines the work and the development plans of the Museum; if you think you can help OR if you are a local resident and would like to contribute to our future plans and our architects brief please get in touch.

We are grateful to Anthology (part of Lifestory Group) for giving us the legal certainty we need to save both The Cinema Museum and The Master’s House buildings. We are grateful to the Mayor of London and the GLA who were supportive of the Museum throughout. We are grateful to both officers and politicians at Lambeth Council, who provided over a decade of kind help and support in getting the Museum to this stage. We are grateful to officers and politicians at Southwark Council who also took us under their wing. We are grateful to Art Fund for emergency funding during Covid. Thank you to all our local partners in Lambeth and Southwark for everything you do for us.  And – Museum Development London (funded by Arts Council England and Art Fund) who have expertly advised and supported us for over a decade, Thank You!

BUT they are organisations, not people, so thank you all, so much, every one of you who has stood up for us, signed our 62,000+ petition and donated to our £100k+ crowdfunders. Thank you to our visitors, neighbours, friends and most importantly – our amazing, giant-hearted and hard-working volunteers – past and present. Thank you all for your pro bono advice; your work; your time; your money. Thank you for your generosity, kindness, encouragement, trust and belief.

Thank You Everyone – this success has got your name written all over it – we will never forget.

Read the full statement here.

If you are a UK tax payer and have already made a cash, cheque or direct payment donation to which you wish to add Gift Aid, you can download a Gift Aid form HERE.
Time Out Love London Awards Winner 2018

The Cinema Museum wins major Time Out award

The Museum has won the Most Loved Local Culture Spot award from the London listings magazine Time Out. More details here. While this is great news, the Museum is still under threat, and we are still urging you to sign our petition.

If you love cinema…

London’s Cinema Museum is devoted to keeping alive the spirit of cinema from the days before the multiplex. Set in historic surroundings in Kennington, close to the Elephant & Castle, The Cinema Museum houses a unique collection of artefacts, memorabilia and equipment that preserves the history and grandeur of cinema from the 1890s to the present day.

‘The Cinema Museum is culturally very important to the history of movies and gives insight into how things have changed. It was the work house where Charlie Chaplin went as a child. It is a monument of great importance to anyone interested in Cinema.’ – Sylvia Syms


As we are unfunded and run entirely by volunteers, the Museum can only be visited by guided tour or by attending an event or screening.


A list of available tour dates is posted here.


We host a variety of screenings and events each week. You can view all our upcoming events here.


We work with educational institutions on joint projects and with film archives on preservation activities.


We enjoy working in partnership with local well-being initiatives.


We offer a unique cinema-themed venue for hire.

The Cinema Museum is a Registered Charity (No. 293285) and a company limited by guarantee 1865840, and it receives no public funding. It is also a member of Cinema For All.

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