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

Sartorial Elegance at the Picture Palace

A special exhibition and accompanying book recalling the style and tailoring of vintage cinema uniforms. [Read more]

Sartorial Elegance at the Picture Palace Sartorial Elegance at the Picture Palace

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.


After 20 years in residence, the future of the Cinema Museum is now under threat since our landlords have put our building and the surrounding site up for sale.

UPDATE Jul 10th: Here is the update to stakeholders about the Cinema Museum’s relations with Anthology, the new owners of The Cinema Museum and Woodlands Nursing Home site. Anthology have organised public consultation sessions in the car-park of the Museum on Thursday July 19th from 12.00 to 16.00 and on Friday July 20th from 16.00 to 20.00.
UPDATE Feb 17th: Here is a public statement from the Museum trustees outlining SLaM’s plans to sell to purchasers who have expressed an interest in retaining the Museum on site, and the conversations that have so far taken place with the potential buyers. Although these are encouraging signs, the future of the Museum is still by no means certain.
UPDATE DEC 19th: Here is an open recent letter from us to our landlords, including many endorsements, urging them to let us stay in our wonderful historic venue.
UPDATE DEC 6th: Today The Cinema Museum, in partnership with housing association Family Mosaic, lodged a bid for the purchase of the site that includes the current site of the Museum, The Masters House & Male Receiving Wards. Read about it HERE.

You can still support us by signing the online petition HERE.

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

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

…Come and see us!

  • We are open for pre-booked visits from anyone interested in the cinema.
  • We host programmes of ticketed events.
  • We work with educational institutions on joint projects and with film archives on preservation activities.
  • We make items from the collection available on loan to other institutions for exhibition.
  • We offer a unique cinema-themed venue for hire.
  • We enjoy working in partnership on local wellbeing initiatives.

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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