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This coming Wednesday, June 10th, at 7.30pm BST, our regular silent movie night Kennington Bioscope returns with a selec...
09/06/2020
Kennington Bioscope

This coming Wednesday, June 10th, at 7.30pm BST, our regular silent movie night Kennington Bioscope returns with a selection of short silent films, all on a theme of 'Lies, disguise, deceit (and dance)'.

Join in here: https://www.youtube.com/kenningtonbioscope

The programme includes: THE LIE (Reliance, 1915) 2 reel drama, a beautifully photographed tale of jealousy and deceit in a small fishing community. With Adoni Fovieri, William Hinckley, Joseph Singleton. CUTEY PLAYS DETECTIVE (Vitagraph, 1913) 2 reel comedy in which a young man uses his amateur thespian experience to get the dirt on a love rival. With Wally Van, Tom Powers, Courtenay Foote, Louise Beaudet, Zena Keefe. Dir Larry Trimble. THE GIRL DETECTIVE (Kalem, 1915) 3 reel drama, a standalone installment of a series starring Ruth Roland as a "society girl" working as a special investigator with the police. Dir James W. Horne.

Hosted by Bioscope regular Michelle Facey, with live piano accompaniment by the Bioscope Pianists.

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...

If ever there was a ‘Rolls Royce’ of British film studios, it was MGM British, which stood on 115 acres off Elstree Way ...
29/05/2020

If ever there was a ‘Rolls Royce’ of British film studios, it was MGM British, which stood on 115 acres off Elstree Way in Borehamwood. From 1936 until 1970 it produced world-famous films, attracting many of Hollywood’s most legendary stars., including IVANHOE; INN OF THE SIXTH HAPPINESS; VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED; THE DIRTY DOZEN; 2001 : A SPACE ODYSSEY and WHERE EAGLES DARE, as well as cult TV series DANGER MAN, UFO and THE PRISONER. But at the end of 1969, filming was suddenly cancelled and within months the doors had closed for good.

2020 is the 50th anniversary of the sudden closure of MGM British Studios. Before the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, in association with the 2020 Year of Culture initiative, Elstree Screen Heritage had prepared plans to celebrate the many achievements of the studio, including a free Summer-long exhibition at Elstree & Borehamwood Museum. Many of these plans are now ‘on hold’ but Elstree Screen Heritage have published a new book, MGM British Studios (Hollywood In Hertfordshire), by local film historian Paul Welsh. Over 300 pages long and containing over 400 photos and drawings, most never before published, this book tells stories of film stars ‘when Hollywood came to Hertfordshire’ and of the talented staff who worked behind the cameras.

The book costs just £20 (plus postage and packing). For details about the book and how you can purchase your copy, please visit http://elstreescreenheritage.org/essential_grid/mgm-british-studios/

This coming Wednesday, May 27th, at 7.30pm BST, our regular silent movie night Kennington Bioscope have another screenin...
25/05/2020
Kennington Bioscope

This coming Wednesday, May 27th, at 7.30pm BST, our regular silent movie night Kennington Bioscope have another screening on their YouTube channel.

They are first showing three shorts from the Jean Desmet collection: La bouteille de Patouillard (Bill Buys a Bottle of Champagne) (France, 1911); The Twins (USA, 1911) and Revenge Is Sweet (USA, 1912). Fate (USA, 1913), a short drama directed by DW Griffith, finishes the evening.

Live piano accompaniment will be provided by the regular Bioscope pianists and each film will be introduced by Michelle Facey.

Tune in and subscribe to the YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnbQo-Ra_WLMnnya5Rr22Og.

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...

This coming Wednesday, May 13th, our regular silent movie night Kennington Bioscope are hosting another screening on the...
09/05/2020
Kennington Bioscope

This coming Wednesday, May 13th, our regular silent movie night Kennington Bioscope are hosting another screening on their YouTube channel. This week's show is two light comedy silent shorts with a social distancing theme, courtesy of the Eye Filmmuseum, Amsterdam. Piano accompaniment will be provided by the Bioscope’s regular pianists. The films this week will be:

Gontran Et La Voisine Inconnue (Gontran and the unknown neighbour) (France, 1913). Gontran (René Gréhan) is so obsessed with playing the piano that he completely neglects his wife. She moves to a house within hearing distance and begins to take piano lessons. Gontran is entranced by this new music and starts courting this mysterious and talented neighbour from behind the garden fence, without knowing it is his wife and much to her satisfaction.

Over the Back Fence (USA, 1913) dir C.J. Williams. Colonel Crompton (William Wadsworth), a bachelor, and his nephew, Charles (Harry Beaumont), live in a house adjoining that of Matilda Scraggs (Alice Washburn), an old maid, whose niece, Nell (Bessie Learn), is very much in love with the bachelor’s nephew. The old folks are neighborly neighbors until one day the colonel’s dog bites the old maid’s cat and the trouble begins.

You can access the YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnbQo-Ra_WLMnnya5Rr22Og

The screening goes live at 19:30 BST on Wednesday 13th. If you’re logged in, you can comment along with the screening in the chat box on the right; or hide the box and go fullscreen to avoid any distraction.

27/04/2020

Our regular silent movie night The Kennington Bioscope launches its YouTube channel with "Heppy’s Daughter" (2009). Synopsis: Val Williamson, daughter of British silent film pioneer Cecil M. Hepworth, discusses her father with film historian Tony Fletcher. The film has excerpts from some of his most famous films, including the Tilly comedies and Rescued by Rover (1905), as well as his Phantom Rides pictorial films made from the drivers cab on steam rail journeys. Val also discusses her own work in the field of pottery. The documentary was screened at Le Giornate del Cinema Muto in Pordenone in 2009, and at the Bradford International Film Festival in 2010. Clips from the Hepworth films are included with Val’s blessing from material deposited by her family trust with the BFI National Archive.

This is an online event in association with The Cinema Museum, which is currently closed (like other arts spaces) for the duration of the Covid-19 outbreak.

You can access and subscribe to the KB YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnbQo-Ra_WLMnnya5Rr22Og
The screening goes live at 19:30 BST on Wednesday April 29 2020. If you’re logged in at the time, you can comment along with the screening in the chat box on the right, or just hide the chat box and go fullscreen to avoid any distraction. The documentary runs 58 minutes. English subtitles are available. Click ‘subscribe’ and then the bell symbol next to it to keep up to date on future Bioscope uploads, and follow the Kennington Bioscope and the Cinema Museum on Twitter for their latest news and links.

Our regular silent film night The Kennington Bioscope are setting up their own youTube channel here: https://www.youtube...
26/04/2020
Kennington Bioscope

Our regular silent film night The Kennington Bioscope are setting up their own youTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnbQo-Ra_WLMnnya5Rr22Og

Please SUBSCRIBE to the channel and help them get at least 100 subscribers!

A film will be added to the channel this coming Wednesday April 29th, when there should have been a real Bioscope event happening at the Museum. More clips will be added soon afterwards.

01/04/2020
David Gillespie - A Life of Film (web premiere event)

Whilst the Museum remains closed during the CoronaVirus season, you can instead tune in online TONITE for a Kennington Bioscope Viewing Party!

Tonight's short film was made some years ago about veteran film collector David Gillespie, who lived and breathed old films. His work as a projectionist in various London cinemas inspired a passion that led him to become an avid film collector.

His house in London was crammed with films, many on perilously flammable nitrate stock (yikes!). Here he gave regular screenings and film enthusiasts from all over the world came eagerly to see his rare celluloid treasures, many of which have now been preserved in archives around the world, including our own collection.

Tune in on youTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mHiZPzk_jm8

Live from 7.30pm BST TONITE and available on demand afterwards.

Keep well everyone!

We present David Gillespie - A Life of Film. Web premiere event to celebrate The Cinema Museum, Kennington, London, in lieu of the scheduled Kennington Biosc...

LATEST NEWS.... As a result of UK Government advice that people “avoid all unnecessary social contact” – especially in L...
19/03/2020

LATEST NEWS.... As a result of UK Government advice that people “avoid all unnecessary social contact” – especially in London – The Cinema Museum is now temporarily closed. We are hopeful that the CoronaVirus will pass soon, so we are only cancelling events one month (28 days) in advance.

Some events have already been rescheduled, and we're adding these to the EVENTS list as they are confirmed.

Tickets for cancelled events will be automatically refunded by our ticketing providers Billetto and Ticketweb.

We hope to see you all again soon!

13/03/2020

On Tuesday March 24th we're hosting a special event as part of KINOTEKA, the Polish Film Festival. In 1894 – a year before the Lumière Brothers presented their famous cinematograph on the world stage – Polish inventor Kazimierz Prószyński constructed his own film camera for taking photos and projecting moving images. Just four years later, the Pole refined his design and invented a new device with reduced flicker. This would prove to be a milestone in Polish cinema history, and it was reconstructed in 2017.

In partnership with the National Centre for Film Culture in Łódź, we are delighted to present the results of this remarkable project as part of the KINOTEKA Polish Film Festival. The project team will show a making-of film, present the biopleograph itself, and screen the reshot version of The Return of the Reveller.

CINEMA MUSEUM CHRISTMAS CARDS NOW AVAILABLE.... this year we've made twelve different designs, which are available in pa...
23/11/2019

CINEMA MUSEUM CHRISTMAS CARDS NOW AVAILABLE.... this year we've made twelve different designs, which are available in packs of six for £10 at our Web Shoppe or at £2 each from the bar at our events. The cards have been hand-made by Cinema Museum elves, and feature various film stars and starlets of yesteryear in suitably festive poses (see photos) plus a guest appearance by a rather tired Father Xmas. Don't delay, send some cards today! 🎄🎋🎄🎍✨🎉

http://www.cinemamuseum.org.uk/shop-items/pack-of-six-christmas-cards-2019-1/

http://www.cinemamuseum.org.uk/shop-items/pack-of-six-christmas-cards-2019-2/

Now Available: CINEMA MUSEUM TOTE BAGS. Ideal for shopping or books or posters or .... carrying whatever you like really...
07/10/2019
Cinema Museum Tote Bag » Souvenirs Shop » The Cinema Museum, London

Now Available: CINEMA MUSEUM TOTE BAGS. Ideal for shopping or books or posters or .... carrying whatever you like really 😊

In sturdy black canvas material with white handles, and a laminated inner. Our logo is printed in white on both sides.

These cost £10 and are available only from ourselves, not from any shops. Come to an event and ask at the bar or buy online (a postage charge will be added) at our Web Shop on http://www.cinemamuseum.org.uk/shop-items/cinema-museum-tote-bag/.

Sturdy tote bag in heavy material, ideal for shopping. Black jute tote bag with white handles and laminated interior, with Cinema Museum official logo and website printed in white on both sides. 14 x 15 inches. Order Cinema Museum Tote Bag New @ £10.00 Qty:

Save The Cinema Museum: The Last Cliffhanger. On October 15th we will be meeting the powerful influencers who hold the k...
03/10/2019
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Save The Cinema Museum: The Last Cliffhanger.

On October 15th we will be meeting the powerful influencers who hold the keys to our future in the former Lambeth Workhouse building which has been our home for the past 21 years.

We currently have 43,895 signatures on our petition; we want to take the figure of 45,000 into the meeting. 50,000 would be great, but 45,000 may win it!

Thanks for supporting us for so long. If you've not signed the petition already, please do so, and everyone please tweet, post, email and share the link:

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

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16/09/2019

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Feeling a post-Easter ennui? Well, you could do no better than to join us at The Cinema Museum this coming weekend, when...
26/04/2019
So this is comedy: 2019 Kennington Bioscope Silent Laughter Weekend

Feeling a post-Easter ennui? Well, you could do no better than to join us at The Cinema Museum this coming weekend, when the Kennington Bioscope team will be showing a full two days worth of silent comedy films, including classics, rarities, shorts and surprises.

Tickets for all or parts of the weekend are still available online, or you can just turn up and pay on the door.

Bioscope programmer Michelle Facey has written up the weekend's coming attractions for the Silent London blog here:

https://silentlondon.co.uk/2019/04/23/so-this-is-comedy-2019-kennington-bioscope-silent-laughter-weekend/

This is a guest post for Silent London by Michelle Facey, a member of the programming team at the Kennington Bioscope. Feeling a post-Easter ennui? Well, you could do no better than to ready your l…

Coming up on Sunday March 31st, Wonder Reels
25/03/2019

Coming up on Sunday March 31st, Wonder Reels

Andy Holden's LAWS OF MOTION (IN A CARTOON UNIVERSE) is featured on S.E. London Blog (see link) ..... if you've not been...
05/03/2019
March #SpotlightOn Artist Andy Holden’s Laws of Motion at The Cinema Museum, Kennington, London

Andy Holden's LAWS OF MOTION (IN A CARTOON UNIVERSE) is featured on S.E. London Blog (see link) ..... if you've not been to see Andy's installation, we're hosting it until this Sunday March 10th and it's very much recommended. That Jarvis Cocker, out of Pulp, was spotted watching the show last week 😊 Pop in any time during opening hours - no need to book - the show runs on the hour, every hour, so when it restarts, you can say "this is where we came in".

https://southeastlondonblog.co.uk/2019/03/04/march-spotlighton-artist-andy-holdens-laws-of-morison-at-the-cinema-museum-kennington-london/

That’s not all folks! Artist Andy Holden invites you to re-live your childhood love of cartoons and walks us through the ten rules of motion in an animated landscape. We dropped in to see And…

STARTING TONITE, and running until March 10th, we're hosting an hour-long video installation promoting the idea that the...
21/02/2019
The five-year project on the laws of physics in cartoons

STARTING TONITE, and running until March 10th, we're hosting an hour-long video installation promoting the idea that the world is best understood ..... as a cartoon. Think classic animation: the likes of Roadrunner; Wil. E.Coyote; Porky Pig; Bugs Bunny and Droopy, to name but a few cartoon stars, will all be appearing, perhaps unknowingly.

Artist Andy Holden has brought his "LAWS OF MOTION IN A CARTOON LANDSCAPE" to the Museum and here he is explaining it on London Live TV https://www.londonlive.co.uk/news/2019-02-20/the-film-that

Turn up any time during opening hours (full details are on our events page) and marvel at the laws of physics in cartoons.

An hour-long video installation is set to be unveiled at Kennington's Cinema Museum

Here's news from the David Lean Cinema in Croydon about a rather special screening next Tuesday (26th).
20/02/2019

Here's news from the David Lean Cinema in Croydon about a rather special screening next Tuesday (26th).

We’re honoured that SIR SYDNEY SAMUELSON CBE is coming to the David Lean Cinema, Croydon Clocktower on Tuesday 26 February (7.30pm), to introduce a recently restored film that his father produced in 1923! Sir Sydney will also participate in a Q&A afterwards. Sir Sydney’s father Bertie was one of the pioneers of British cinema and ran G.B. Samuelson Productions from 1914 to 1933.

A COUPLE OF DOWN AND OUTS (U) 1923 UK 66 mins
Silent, with a new score composed and recorded by John Sweeney

The charming story of a decorated corporal who rescues one of his wartime horses from slaughter. It's a rare opportunity to see a film with a World War I theme that was made so soon after the war ended.

Sir Sydney enjoyed a successful career as a cinematographer and producer, and also created Samuelson’s Film Service in the mid-1950s, providing equipment hire for the film and TV industry. He became a Trustee and the first Chairman of BAFTA from 1973-1976. His other honours include fellowships of BAFTA (1993) and the BFI (1997).

The inset photo features Sir Sydney during a recent visit to the David Lean Cinema. Photo by Wally Conquy.

Booking: www.davidleancinema.org.uk/event/a-couple-of-down-and-outs

CINEMA MUSEUM XMAS CARDS NOW ON SALE. For the first time ever, we've produced a pack of six Christmas cards. Designs are...
29/11/2018

CINEMA MUSEUM XMAS CARDS NOW ON SALE. For the first time ever, we've produced a pack of six Christmas cards. Designs are: Santa Claus Conquers The Martians; Jane Russell dresses her Xmas tree; Our Gang wait for Santa to visit; A Silent Movie Xmas; A Trap for Santa Claus; Joan Leslie waves in a festive fashion. All A5 size with envelope, and are hand made by a Cinema Museum elf! Buy all six for £10 online at our web shoppe, or singly for £2 each from our venue. http://www.cinemamuseum.org.uk/shop-items/pack-of-six-christmas-cards/

28/11/2018
Exploding Cinema

Stop-motion fun from the recent Exploding Cinema show at our venue .... shot frame by frame on a Super 8 camera with attached flashgun. Exploding Cinema will be back in the New Year 😊

Pictures taken with a Super 8 camera at the Exploding Cinema show at The Cinema Museum , November 10th 2018. Our last show of 2018 is December 15th at The Horse Hospital !

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