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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...

This coming Wednesday, June 24th, at 7.30pm BST, our regular silent movie night Kennington Bioscope present Kidnapped (1...
21/06/2020
Kennington Bioscope

This coming Wednesday, June 24th, at 7.30pm BST, our regular silent movie night Kennington Bioscope present Kidnapped (1917), the earliest filmed version of Robert Louis Stevenson’s “immortal story of adventure". In Scotland in 1751, young David Balfour is shanghaied aboard a ship where he meets Jacobite rebel Alan Breck with whom he escapes to the Scottish Highlands, dodging the redcoats…

Plus supporting material and a separate short film courtesy the Netherlands’ EYE Filmmuseum.

The Bioscope show is FREE to view and will be accompanied live by the regular Bioscope pianists.

Join us on June 24th at 19:30 BST (UTC+1, 20:30 CEST) at 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...

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:

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