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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

This coming Wednesday, August 5th, at 7.30pm BST, our regular silent movie night Kennington Bioscope presents,  on their...
04/08/2020

This coming Wednesday, August 5th, at 7.30pm BST, our regular silent movie night Kennington Bioscope presents, on their YouTube Channel, a programme of travelogue shorts plus two films with an Italian setting.

Foreign holiday plans may have been postponed this year but we will be taking a vicarious voyage, travelling with first-class films, across the Mediterranean as seen through the lens of a selection of European travelogues. Plus we have a Vitagraph drama directed by and starring Maurice Costello and Clara Kimball Young, shot on location in Venice, and an Italian comedy which sees Robinet attempting to take his vacation. All the films in this episode are courtesy the EYE Filmmuseum and Jean Desmet Collection.

La perle de la Mediteranee: Barcelona (FR 1913)
Constantine (FR 1913)
Egypte (FR 1910?)
Turkije (FR 1915)
Beelden uit Piraeus (GR or NL? 1920)
The Lonely Princess (USA 1913)
Robinet in Vacanza (IT 1912)

Accompanying on the piano will be Bioscope regulars Cyrus Gabrysch, Lillian Henley, John Sweeney and Costas Fotopoulos. 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=gU6EisE9irU

This coming Wednesday, July 22nd, at 7.30pm BST, our regular silent movie night Kennington Bioscope presents Hobsons Cho...
19/07/2020

This coming Wednesday, July 22nd, at 7.30pm BST, our regular silent movie night Kennington Bioscope presents Hobsons Choice (1920). on their YouTube Channel.

This is the first of three big screen adaptations of the story about a 19th Century Salford businessman Henry Hobson, a tyrannical bootmaker and widower with a penchant for the pub, who has three daughters, one of whom, Maggie, a practical woman, wishes to marry his best bootmaker, Will Mossop. They leave and set up their own shop and start to further impact the life of Henry and his remaining two daughters. The film, directed by Percy Nash, is based on the 1916 play by Harold Brighouse, and was the only silent film version produced. Arthur Pitt plays Henry Hobson, Joan Ritz, wife of the director, plays Maggie Hobson and Will Mossop is portrayed by Joe Nightingale, therein reprising his stage role of 1916.

The film runs approx. 73mins and there will be no supporting shorts this week.

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=5ou2bpXCuBg

This coming Wednesday, July 8th, at 7.30pm BST, our regular silent movie night Kennington Bioscope present some Short Fi...
07/07/2020
Kennington Bioscope

This coming Wednesday, July 8th, at 7.30pm BST, our regular silent movie night Kennington Bioscope present some Short Films About FilmMaking and FilmGoing plus a short Western:

Une promenade dans Los Angeles (1912), a scenic look around LA;

Arthème Opérateur (1913), a French short featuring projection booth shenanigans;

Photoplay Magazine Screen Supplement (1919), the first episode of a series of reportages about movie stars and film studios. We’ll meet Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Miles Minter, John Emerson and Anita Loos, among others;

The Picture Idol (1912). Clara Kimball Young and Maurice Costello star in this Vitagraph light comedy about a girl in love with a movie star, who follows him everywhere;

Four Square Steve (1926) – One of the Universal Mustang westerns, a weekly supporting short, directed by Ernst Laemmle, starring Edmund Cobb and an uncredited Fay Wray. This will be the 9.5mm Pathescope version.

Live piano performances from Cyrus Gabrysch, Colin Sell and John Sweeney. This programme is FREE to view.

https://www.youtube.com/kenningtonbioscope

The Kennington Bioscope is a silent film screening series based at the Cinema Museum in London. We'll be presenting silent films with livestreamed musical sc...

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