Cinema Museum

I was in London attending the Cult Publishers Expo which was held in a little known (to me) location called the Cinema Museum. Separate to enjoying the Expo itself I also liked the location hence this little blog piece.

For those that want to just know about the Museum directly please feel free to click here else stay tuned for my thoughts…

Overview of the Museum

Ten minutes walk from Elephant and Castle if you know where you are going (and no signs on the way) there is a remnant of Victorian workhouse in the midst of some flats. If you enter you find yourself in the Cinema Museum in its current home. The location was picked as the workhouse actually housed Charlie Chaplin as a child in 1898 (one of many stays, apparently) though that doesn’t dominate the collections.

What’s it like?

Everywhere you look there is memorabilia from cinema signs, seats, posters, stills and projectors. On the ground floor is a room where talks can be given to up to 40 people and I assume films can also be shown.

Upstairs is a large room with a coffee bar / drinks bar on one side and everywhere you look there is a wealth of souvenirs of the cinema industry in the UK.

Now this may not be a place that would cause you to visit London to explore, but if you are nearby (e.g. the War Museum) you might do worse than mooch around for an hour.


About Tony Jones
Big Finish writer, reviewer and blogger, I'm interested in science fiction and Doctor Who. I review for CultBox, The Doctor Who Companion and others. I am also Lead Writer for Starburst Magazine, and write the occasional piece for Vortex, the BSFA critical magazine.

3 Responses to Cinema Museum

  1. Margaret Jones says:

    Sounds really interesting. Must get up to see it. .


    • HelmStone says:

      I wouldn’t go just for that!


  2. HelmStone says:

    I had a great piece of spam in relation to this which I thought I would post (minus the links). One of the best written I have had!

    Hidden away in the heart of Lambeth, let’s call it Kennington, lies the Cinema Museum. Now don’t be befuddled… the Cinema Museum is no upmarket Planet Hollywood littered with movie props and replicas like a couple of gold bullions from Die Hard with a Vengeance or the adamantium claws of Wolverine. Oh no, The Cinema Museum is a place that celebrates the wonder of going to the cinema itself, the crackle of the reel, popcorn clustered around your toes, the big haired guy in front. Even the building itself has a cinematic background. Although the museum is situated in an old workhouse (The Master’s House, the administration block of the former Lambeth Workhouse, where lived and worked the Master in charge of the Workhouse and the 1,400 destitute souls who occupied the bare and minimal dormitories elsewhere on the site, divided as they were into men and women of good character and bad character), the owners will be quick in telling you that the building now holding this amazing collection for 12 years once housed a certain Charlie Chaplin – and now has a sculpture to celebrate the fact.


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