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We are at the moment putting together our next Public Statement on ‘Save The Cinema Museum’, which will include us stati...
02/05/2021
Sign the Petition

We are at the moment putting together our next Public Statement on ‘Save The Cinema Museum’, which will include us stating how many supporters we have for our ‘Save The Cinema Museum’ petition.

We have done a lot of work in circulating the petition and we are now at 54,825 - so that's just 175 signatures away from 55,000. Please help us get there over this weekend by signing, sharing, posting, tweeting and emailing the below link - and encouraging people to help save this beautiful building and marvellous museum.

Thank You!!

https://www.change.org/p/matthew-patrick-slam-nhs-uk-love-cinema-save-the-cinema-museum

Love Cinema? Save The Cinema Museum

This coming Saturday afternoon, May 1st, at 5.30pm BST, The Cinema Theatre Association is presenting another Online Cine...
28/04/2021

This coming Saturday afternoon, May 1st, at 5.30pm BST, The Cinema Theatre Association is presenting another Online Cinema Magazine Programme. This episode is titled Focus on Aberdeen and Edinburgh.

Enjoy two features with a Scottish focus, followed by a photo quiz and then a chance to chat and socialise with other attendees. Everyone’s Welcome!

The programme runs as follows:

MEMORIES OF ABERDEEN CINEMAS BY RONALD GRANT
Ronald Grant is best-known as the curator and co-founder of the Cinema Museum, but from the age of 15 he was a projectionist in a number of Aberdeen’s 19 cinemas, many of which were owned and operated by the James F Donald family.

It was whilst working in Aberdeen that Ronald started collecting cinema apparatus and artefacts. Working with co-founder Martin Humphries, in 1986 the Cinema Museum was established to give Ronald's collection a permanent home and to continue saving more cinematic treasures wherever possible.

Ronald has prepared an engaging and affectionate recollection of his time working in 1950s Aberdeen cinemas and has illustrated it with fascinating photographs and rare film clips from his personal collection. Followed by a Q&A with Ronald.

AN EDINBURGH CINEMA WITH A DIFFERENCE BY PETER KENDRICK
Discover Edinburgh’s secret cinema at Scotland’s longest-established film makers’ society. Peter Kendrick tells us the story of The Edinburgh Ciné and Video Society, created in 1936; of how they evolved, made films and how they later made the transition from ciné to video. Peter’s presentation includes many photographs and film clips. Followed by a Q&A with Peter.

JOIN THE QUIZ AND SOCIALISING
Join in the quiz as we all try to guess the locations of a dozen cinemas around the UK as presented by a guest photographer. You can offer your answers in the chat room, and after the quiz we invite you to join in an open chat session about cinema-related topics. Share your passions, rekindle fond memories and debate your favourites!

CTA TALKS AND PRESENTATIONS ARE OPEN TO EVERYONE!
BOOK HERE https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/whats-on/online/online/cinema-theatre-association-talk-no-7-edinburgh-and-aberdeen/2021-05-01/17:30/t-odepeg
TICKETS ONLY £3 PER DEVICE and BOOKINGS CLOSE SATURDAY 4.30pm - DON'T MISS OUT!

Good news - we are making great progress on the Crowdfunder for the new eco-friendly electric van. But we need another p...
18/03/2021
Green Museum STEP 1

Good news - we are making great progress on the Crowdfunder for the new eco-friendly electric van. But we need another push to get to the finish line...

We have successfully raised over 86% of the funds we need. We are now in need of a final £670 - please do donate if you can 😀 🚚
https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/green-museum-step-1

thank you and we very much hope to see you in person back at our venue later in the year.

Best Wishes,

Your friends at The Cinema Museum

We want to be a world-class carbon neutral museum; replacing our gas guzzler with an electric van is Step One, please help us take it.

Dear friends and supporters,Thank you once again for sticking with us across COVID. We look forward to welcoming you bac...
10/03/2021
Green Museum STEP 1

Dear friends and supporters,

Thank you once again for sticking with us across COVID. We look forward to welcoming you back to the Museum in person later this year. We are using the temporary closure to work on sorting the collections, and on developing our Green Museum Plan. A big part of that plan involves purchasing our building so that we can invest in a range of improvements needed there to improve sustainability, and our action plan also involves taking immediate action that will have a real impact: our first step is to replace our petrol van with an electric version.

The electric van we have found costs £15,500; we can get £9,125.00 in part exchange for our current petrol motor, and the Museum Trustees have raised over £2,000.

We need your help to raise the remaining £4,000.

We want to be a museum that is safe, fair and respectful - to people and the planet - please consider donating via this link

https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/green-museum-step-1

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU.

from your friends at The Cinema Museum.

We want to be a world-class carbon neutral museum; replacing our gas guzzler with an electric van is Step One, please help us take it.

Sadly, due to the ongoing COVID crisis we remain (temporarily) closed, so this year we can't have our annual February 14...
13/02/2021
5 Fabulous Things for This Valentine’s Weekend » The Cinema Museum, London

Sadly, due to the ongoing COVID crisis we remain (temporarily) closed, so this year we can't have our annual February 14th Friends and Neighbours Open House event, but in the meantime we havea five point Pleasure Plan for Valentines Day Weekend.

We have made a beautiful little film with the help of photographer Francesco Zavattari and renowned local composer and musician Neil Brand. That's one of the five points, and you can see it and find out what the other four points are here:

https://bit.ly/3d987Yr

Each year The Cinema Museum hosts a sparkling ‘thank you friends and neighbours’ party. That can’t happen this year, so, thanks to ArtFund, we have created something to make your Valentine’s weekend special. Watch our serenaded film show We worked with photographer Francesco Zavattari and co...

If you're interested in the history of our cinemas and theatres, you might want to check out the upcoming Aberdeen Local...
09/02/2021

If you're interested in the history of our cinemas and theatres, you might want to check out the upcoming Aberdeen Local History Conference, a joint project between Aberdeen City Heritage Trust and Aberdeen City Libraries. It takes place this coming Saturday Feb 13th, is all online this year, and speakers include our very own Ronald Grant, co-founder and curator of the Museum. Ronald will be sharing his memories of working in Aberdeen's now-defunct cinemas and will illustrate his presentation with many original photographs and unique film from his personal collection.

Other speakers on Saturday will be covering Aberdeen's theatre architecture and Aberdeen's local history reflected in film, plus more related subjects.

More details and a booking form (the whole day costs £10) here: https://www.aberdeencity.gov.uk/services/libraries-and-archives/local-history-conference

Let's hope that we are able to go on holiday again later this year. Meantime here's an advertising film from Butlins Hol...
15/01/2021
Butlins Holiday Camp Advert 1966

Let's hope that we are able to go on holiday again later this year. Meantime here's an advertising film from Butlins Holiday Camps, made in 1966. I'm going to ride on the Monorail and then you'll find me in the Tiki Beachcomber Bar downing Polynesian cocktails ("glamorous concoctions") at only 4 shillings (20 of your new pence) a pop. Yummy. 🍹🍸🍇

https://youtu.be/YDATadGVvSA

Showing the Monorail; the Ski Slope; Waterskiiing; the Wild West Saloon and (most exotic of all) the Tiki Beachcomber Bar, with yummy-looking cocktails ("gla...

An Evening with Barbara Windsor, June 20th 2012In June 2012, we hosted Dame Barbara Windsor for an evening celebrating h...
24/12/2020
An Evening With Barbara Windsor at The Cinema Museum, London, June 20 2012

An Evening with Barbara Windsor, June 20th 2012

In June 2012, we hosted Dame Barbara Windsor for an evening celebrating her 62-year career in showbusiness.

In 2014, Barbara was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and, as you will have seen in recent newspaper reports, sadly she recently passed away.

The Evening With interview was recorded and by arrangement with Barbara's husband Scott Mitchell, we can now present the recording for the first time. It's a fascinating, entertaining look at the life and work of a much-loved British showbiz legend.

A dedicated JustGiving web page has been set up and will act as a
Book of Condolence to which Barbara's friends and many fans can contribute. Scott has asked that people consider a donation to Alzheimer’s Research UK, in Barbara’s memory, to help support the search for breakthrough dementia treatments.

The page is here:
https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/damebarbara

Please give generously, and on behalf of Alzheimer’s Research UK,
thank you for your support.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-x1AyZmwUs

In June 2012, much-loved British actress Barbara Windsor was welcomed by a packed house at The Cinema Museum in London for a fascinating interview covering h...

The Daily News is so depressing. What we all need right now is a livener. Hey how about ..... a ..... good strong cup of...
13/12/2020
Groovy Coffee Cinema Promo

The Daily News is so depressing. What we all need right now is a livener. Hey how about ..... a ..... good strong cup of Joe. These groovers seem to have known this all along - take a look and be wowed! Far outtttt!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FbyK4OkS1Q8

Fed up with the depressing World News Situation? How about a little livener..... Fancy a cup of Joe? These groovers seem to have known about it all along! Fa...

Hello dear friends of The Cinema Museum - well - WE DID IT!We have now had the final total amount confirmed and we are d...
10/12/2020
Merry Christmas 1938 Style

Hello dear friends of The Cinema Museum - well - WE DID IT!

We have now had the final total amount confirmed and we are delighted to report that our Crowdfunder Campaign and your very warm and generous support helped us achieve ..... £76,700 !!

A huge Thank You to all of you, from all of us. We live to fight another day and we can now return to the task of securing ownership of our home and the long term future of The Cinema Museum.

Thank you for sending us into 2021 with hopeful hearts!

Meantime here's A Festive Greeting To You, 1938 Style. Who can name all the stars?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fOeP1anpx3A

Some of 1938's cinema stars wish you a Cool Yule, in tinted blue.

Final hours are approaching for our big Crowdfunder!!Yes it's nearly over…….our first ever Crowdfunder is just £1,800 sh...
02/12/2020
Reopen & Reimagine The Cinema Museum

Final hours are approaching for our big Crowdfunder!!

Yes it's nearly over…….our first ever Crowdfunder is just £1,800 short of £65,000 - Wow!!

With just a few more hours to go before the shutters come down we are pulling out all the stops. Please get behind our final fling with donations and by sharing the link below.

The deadline is 5pm and we will update you on our final total at the end of the day!

https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/reopen-and-reimagine-the-cinema-museum

You can help me reopen my lovely little Cinema Museum in a way that keeps people safe and makes them happy. Have a quick read of our story!

Dear Friends of The Cinema Museum,Two of the UK’s most popular film and TV actors (and local residents close to the Muse...
19/11/2020
Reopen & Reimagine The Cinema Museum

Dear Friends of The Cinema Museum,

Two of the UK’s most popular film and TV actors (and local residents close to the Museum) Toby Jones and Rory Kinnear are helping our Crowdfunder to save the Museum from COVID ..... you can read it here:

http://www.cinemamuseum.org.uk/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/letter-to-friends-from-Toby-Jones-Rory-Kinnear-4.pdf

The Crowdfunder has been extended and has just five days left to go. Thank you SO MUCH to everyone who has donated - it's looking good!

https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/reopen-and-reimagine-the-cinema-museum

You can help me reopen my lovely little Cinema Museum in a way that keeps people safe and makes them happy. Have a quick read of our story!

Thanks to everyone who has donated and shared our Crowd Funding campaign link. The good news is that we have just hit £1...
25/10/2020
Reopen & Reimagine The Cinema Museum

Thanks to everyone who has donated and shared our Crowd Funding campaign link. The good news is that we have just hit £19,000 so that's more than halfway there to our target of £30,000 !!

Please help us get there by donating (no amount too small! £1 will help!) and by continuing to share the campaign link.

We can do this!

Best Wishes from all at The Cinema Museum

https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/reopen-and-reimagine-the-cinema-museum

You can help me reopen my lovely little Cinema Museum in a way that keeps people safe and makes them happy. Have a quick read of our story!

Our Fabulous Friends at Misty Moon have stepped up to help us survive COVID by turning their annual International Film F...
22/10/2020
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: The Misty Moon International Film Festival 2020. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

Our Fabulous Friends at Misty Moon have stepped up to help us survive COVID by turning their annual International Film Festival into a fundraising event for the Museum.

The festival is back again this Halloween for another year of fantastic indie films. Due to COVID and the UK's social distancing restrictions, the festival cannot be held in person at The Cinema Museum, which is temporarily closed, so Misty Moon are holding the event online AND will be generating income for the Museum which as you know has had NO Government or other COVID Emergency funding.

All the finalists' films will be screened and the judges will be in attendance.

Join us on Sat Oct 24th at 7pm online via Zoom HERE:

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Dzi3xabVQq25ocnqFVgQiw

Actor Suzanne Maddock, who played WPC Cass Rickman in ITV's The Bill, is host this year. Celebrity judges include:

• Diane Franklin - Actor (Amityville : The Possession, The Last American Virgin)
• Sandy Johnson - Actor (Halloween)
• Carole Royle - Actor (The Bill, Doctors, Shakespeare and Hathaway)
• Linzi Drew - Actor ( An American Werewolf In London, Death Shock)
• Emma Dark - Actor/ Director (Seize The Night, FRANKULA, Salient Minus Ten)
• David Barry - Actor ( Please Sir!, The Fenn Street Gang)
• Ben Peyton (The Bill)

See You Online!

The Misty Moon International Film Festival is taking place online this year; on Saturday 24 October. Our special guest judges at the final are: Judy Matheson, Carole Royle, Linzi Drew, Sandy Johnson, Diane Franklin, Emma Dark, Ben Peyton and David Barry. The evening will be hosted by Suzanne Maddock...

HELP THE CINEMA MUSEUM SURVIVE COVID!Hello everyone - sorry for the radio silence, but we have had our heads down!  We a...
19/10/2020
Reopen & Reimagine The Cinema Museum

HELP THE CINEMA MUSEUM SURVIVE COVID!

Hello everyone - sorry for the radio silence, but we have had our heads down! We are still temporarily closed - but we are undertaking a huge tidy-up at the Museum, never before attempted - so we’ll be much tidier for our reopening.

We're hoping to reopen ASAP in 2021 and we're now searching for funding so we can get all the new required precautions in place and also subsidise our artists and production campaniles to return.

We’ve all recently heard of those organisations who 'fell between the funding gaps' - that's us. We applied for the UK Government COVID Emergency Funding for the Arts but we didn't even meet the qualifying criteria (well done to those who did and good luck to everyone!).

So we still need to raise over £30,000 to pay our bills and ensure we still have a home where we can welcome you back when COVID finally departs. We are already 30% of the way to our target thanks to our generous supporters so please donate, help us hold onto our home - we have four weeks to raise the money so we've set up a crowdfunding page below.

Thank You Very Much!

Best Wishes from the team at The Cinema Museum

https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/reopen-and-reimagine-the-cinema-museum

You can help me reopen my lovely little Cinema Museum in a way that keeps people safe and makes them happy. Have a quick read of our story!

Kennington Bioscope
03/10/2020
Kennington Bioscope

Kennington Bioscope

The Kennington Bioscope are proud to announce that we are partnering with the BFI London Film Festival 2020 for their online screening of a rare Australian silent film The Cheaters (1929) in the Festival’s "Treasures" strand.

The film is the only surviving feature made by the McDonagh sisters and has been freshly restored from several sources by the National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA) of Australia. Paulette McDonagh wrote, produced and directed the film; sister Phyllis was the Art Director and was responsible for the striking look of the production. Eldest sister Isabel, known by her stage name, Marie Lorraine, was the charming lead actress.

The Cheaters is an engaging melodrama with its story of criminality, class and love reaching across the divide. The film also boasts some beautiful tinting.

The film will be available to view (in the UK only) for free on the BFI Player from 13:00 BST Sunday 11th October to 13:00 BST Wednesday 14th October. It's a FREE screening and free to watch as part of the BFI London Film Festival, but you must reserve a place and ensure you have downloaded and installed the BFI Player successfully in advance.

Cyrus Gabrysch, founder of the Bioscope and one of our regular pianists, has recorded a special improvised accompaniment for the screening.

More details and booking form here
https://www.bfi.org.uk/london-film-festival/screenings/cheaters

The Museum is remaining closed whilst Government COVID-19 restrictions on numbers make it unviable for us to operate. Al...
17/09/2020

The Museum is remaining closed whilst Government COVID-19 restrictions on numbers make it unviable for us to operate. All remaining events for 2020 have been cancelled and ticket holders will be automatically refunded.

We hope to reopen asap in 2021.

This coming Wednesday, August 19th, at 7.30pm BST, our regular silent movie night Kennington Bioscope presents, on their...
18/08/2020

This coming Wednesday, August 19th, at 7.30pm BST, our regular silent movie night Kennington Bioscope presents, on their YouTube Channel, a hair-raising ride plus picturesque scenes of Paris in the short comedy film, Un Partie de Tandem – A Ride on the Tandem Bike (1909) and then a feature: "In Search Of The Castaways", an eternal tale of adventure from the pen of 19th Century novelist, Jules Verne and an exciting cinematic adaptation produced by the French Éclair company, with film scenario written by Jules’ son, Michael Verne.

"In Search Of The Castaways“ is an adventure film. Lord Glenarvan and Lady Helena find a letter in which Captain Grant asks for help. Together with the children of Grant and Jacques Pagnanel they go looking. Since the letter is unclear, they have to search the entire thirty-seventh parallel. They experience many adventures in South America, Australia and New Zealand…” Native New Zealander and Bioscope musician John Sweeney was keen to screen this action film, with its varied landscapes, shot in France standing in for his homeland, and he will perform a live improvised accompaniment.

The show will be hosted by Bioscope presenter Michelle Facey.
These screenings are FREE. You can subscribe (FREE) to the Bioscope YouTube channel and get notifications of future shows and all the previous Bioscope shows are archived there for your on-demand viewing.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UOBwVjkY8X8

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