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The Cinema Museum

2 Dugard Way, London SE11 4TH, England
+44 20 7840 2200
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Great hidden gem

The Cinema Museum is a really gem. The building is beautiful and artefacts from history of film... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Johanna P
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Great piece of social history - in an outstanding building

The fact that Charlie Chaplin lived here with the poor of south London should be enough to save it... read more

Reviewed 15 December 2017
TonySevenoaks
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London’s Cinema Museum is devoted to keeping alive the spirit of cinema from the days before the multiplex. The Museum houses a unique collection of artefacts, memorabilia and equipment that preserves the history and grandeur of cinema from the 1890s to the present day.The Museum is available most days for visits by guided tour but it is essential that these are booked in advance by phone or email.
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2 Dugard Way, London SE11 4TH, England
Covent Garden
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Cinema Museum is a really gem. The building is beautiful and artefacts from history of film projection are really interesting.

Thank Johanna P
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Reviewed 15 December 2017

The fact that Charlie Chaplin lived here with the poor of south London should be enough to save it. But it's also a really impressive piece of Victorian architecture, and so obviously the right place to celebrate the art form Chaplin made great. Our tour...More

Thank TonySevenoaks
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Reviewed 14 December 2017

Small museum located in an historic building - a former work house that once counted a young Charlie Chaplin among its residents. The museum features a collection of early projectors, vintage theatre seats, signage, movie posters, and much more. Visits are by appointment only, but...More

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Reviewed 14 December 2017

We booked in advance via email for a time we chose and seven of us turned up on a chilly day. We were greeted by the amazing Morris Hardcastle in a antique commissionaire's uniform who gave us a talk and personalised tour. Some of the...More

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Reviewed 6 December 2017

This visit was a real treat. We heard about the heyday of the cinema. Some of the buildings were amazing Art Deco palaces. The museum is packed full of interesting artefacts - old projectors, posters, photographs, signage, uniforms and many other items from cinemas from...More

Thank TravellerGillian
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Reviewed 23 October 2017

Booked for a visit having seen an article on TV about the museum. We contacted the museum through their website in advance with prompt replies from the owners to an email enquiry. I do believe tours are by appointment only. The museum is housed in...More

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Reviewed 1 October 2017

I wasn't sure whether my wife and I would enjoy a tour around a museum, as we usually prefer to take our time wandering around. However we couldn't have been more wrong as our guide was not just informative but thoroughly entertaining. This museum has...More

Thank CnMBath
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Reviewed 27 July 2017

The visit was a booked group. It was a fascinating look back at early cinema memorabilia and a chance to listen to an enthusiastic and knowledgeable guide. A chance to watch some old films in the small cinema and tea and a biscuit included. Loved...More

Thank Freezer49
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Reviewed 1 May 2017

This museum dedicated to early cinema is unusual and quirky - you must make a booking for a private tour beforehand so don't expect to turn up and gain entrance. The tour itself is very interesting and informative and the films we saw at the...More

1  Thank Sue B
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Reviewed 13 February 2017

Greeted by a gentleman in a commisionaires uniform in front of a grade 2 listed building. He was so enthusiastic that you could only become enthralled by it. Tour takes about an hour with plenty to see. Took a group of 30 and I think...More

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