The Cinema Museum, London

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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

Visit

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

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Shop

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

SAVE THE CINEMA MUSEUM CAMPAIGN – UPDATE SPRING 2020

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 Just Giving page is HERE.

If you have made a donation to which you wish to add Gift Aid, you can download a Gift Aid form HERE.

CLOSURE DURING COVID-19

The Cinema Museum is still temporarily closed as of end June 2020. All events up until end August have been cancelled or rescheduled – see the EVENTS page for details. If you had tickets for our cancelled events then they will be automatically refunded by our ticketing providers Billetto and Ticketweb.

We are currently arranging events from the end of August onwards, but this is a tentative date and is subject to change. Please check back here or look on our Facebook page for news about our reopening date.

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

VISITING THE MUSEUM

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

GUIDED TOURS

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.

EVENTS

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

EDUCATION PROJECTS

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

WELL-BEING INITIATIVES

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

VENUE HIRE

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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