The Cinema Museum, London


The Autumn Season 2018: dates for your diary

More details can be found on the individual event pages that are being posted under Upcoming Events. TICKETS… [Read more]

The Autumn Season 2018: dates for your diary The Autumn Season 2018: dates for your diary


Come and visit the Cinema Museum. We're open for visits by pre-booked guided tour. [Read more]

Visit Visit


The Cinema Museum shop is open now! Original posters, books and souvenirs are for sale. [Read more]

Shop Shop

Skills needed!

Projectionist? Sound engineer? Gardener? Handyperson? You may be able to help us.
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Skills needed! Skills needed!

Cinema Carpets

Beautiful carpets from the picture houses of the 1930s - just one of the intriguing elements of the Museum's collection. [Read more]

Cinema Carpets Cinema Carpets


Please help us survive COVID. We remain closed to the public because we did not even qualify for any of government COVID-emergency funding for arts and culture – we understand rules and we are not complaining, but we do intend surviving this pernicious virus – and that means we need your help. We want to reopen ASAP, but with all our income streams cut at no notice we need funding to get all the H&S in place and subsidise our artists and production campaniles to return. We’ve all heard of those organisations who ‘fell between the funding gaps’ – well, that’s us folks. We need to raise over £60,000 to pay our bills and ensure we still have a home to welcome you back to when COVID departs – we are 74% of the way to our target – please donate, help us hold onto our home – we have just a few days to raise the money – we can do it together – let’s go everyone !!

Toby Jones and Rory Kinnear have sent you a personal letter. Click here.

Click on this link and donate – leave a comment and share the link with your friends and colleagues. Thank you so much – from us all.


The Cinema Museum has closed during the COVID-19 outbreak. All events since March 12 2020 have been cancelled – see the EVENTS page for details. If you had tickets for our cancelled events then they will have been be automatically refunded by our ticketing providers Billetto and Ticketweb.

We will reopen as soon as possible. Please check back here or look on our Facebook page for news about our reopening date.

Time Out Love London Awards Winner 2018


We have been in residence at the former Lambeth Workhouse for over 20 years but following the 2018 sale of our building and the surrounding site, sadly the long-term future of the Cinema Museum is still not confirmed.

Our latest public statement on our current position (Feb 17th 2020) is available HERE.

You can still support us by signing the online petition HERE. Of course, you can also support us by coming to an event! See the Events page for a full list of all our forthcoming attractions.

If you want to make an online donation, our Crowdfunding page is HERE.

If you have made a cash, cheque or direct payment donation to which you wish to add Gift Aid, you can download a Gift Aid form HERE.

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.


Since we are currently closed due to the CoronaVirus health scare, tours are not available at the moment, but as soon as we reopen we will post a new list of tour dates 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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