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


We have been in residence at the former Lambeth Workhouse for over 20 years. Following the recent sale of our building and the surrounding site, we are on good terms with our new landlords but the long-term future of the Cinema Museum is still not confirmed. The latest details and our plans are all in the “Our Future” brochure which you can read and download HERE. Printed copies are also available free of charge when visiting the Museum.

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 Just Giving page is 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 volunteer-run, the Museum currently can only be visited by guided tour or can be viewed by attending events.


Upcoming tour dates and times are listed here.

It is essential that these are booked in advance as there is limited availability.


We host a variety of events each week. You can view all our 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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