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Priceless movie memorabilia and film archive in Kennington a fight to stay open.

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  • Priceless movie memorabilia and film archive in Kennington a fight to stay open.

    The Cinema Museum in Kennington, London, is a magical treasure trove of British film memorabilia and archive of films and other materials from the 1890s through the present day. Founded in 1986 by Ronald Grant and Martin Humphries, the museum has resided over the last 19 years at 2 Dugard Way, the former site of the Lambeth Workhouse where Charlie Chaplin once stayed.

    The museum is currently in jeopardy, however, since there is a strong possibility it will be displaced from its historic premises in March. Amazing archive

    Grant began collecting film memorabilia when he was a 15-year-old apprentice projectionist for James F. Donald’s Scottish cinema chain Aberdeen Pictures Limited in the 1950s. He acquired projectors, usherette outfits, publicity stills and art deco signage.

    As well as these artefacts, the museum’s display cabinets contain donated objects—including a collection of kitsch cinema teapots and rare purchases, such as 75 Edwardian films made by Lancastrian moviemakers Sagar Mitchell and James Kenyon. Grant’s archive has grown massively over the last seven decades. It holds 17 million feet of film, a comprehensive database of 50,000 American, Asian, and European titles, and a million images.

    https://theculturetrip.com/europe/un...-museum-saved/

    Also sign the petition to try and stop this from happening.

    28,103 have signed. Let's get to 35,000!

    https://www.change.org/p/love-cinema...-cinema-museum

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    Do you have a copy of"The Postman Knocks" ???I would like to obtain a copy on VHS or DVD(NTSC not PAL) . I saw it twice in the US army in Germany,I've been trying to get a copy of this film for many years,hope you can help me out with this quest .

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Pops14 View Post
      Do you have a copy of"The Postman Knocks" ???I would like to obtain a copy on VHS or DVD(NTSC not PAL) . I saw it twice in the US army in Germany,I've been trying to get a copy of this film for many years,hope you can help me out with this quest .
      I'd like to get one.
      Last edited by Noonan; 17th April 2018, 06:26 AM.

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      • #4
        What is the latest re the Museum please?

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        • #5
          Like I’ve said before the museum could move out of London where the rent and running costs would be cheaper. But if they would rather stay in London then I have no sympathy for them. There are plenty of places outside London they could re locate to. I love old movies but cinema is more than just London.

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          • #6
            But since the biggest number of people are in London and the SE, and certainly the bulk of tourists visit only London, plus that's the centre of the UK film industry, then staying in London makes sense.

            Yes, the rents are higher, but so are numbers. Bradford has the Media Museum, which gets just under half a million visitors a year. But it's had revenue problems, and you have to wonder if it's location was different, would it get higher numbers. Shops are carefully sited to cover as many customers as possible, and museums have to think about that as well.

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            • #7
              Have they not contacted the National Science and Media Museum in Bradford, which houses the old NMPF&T? They could probably house the collection if all else fails.

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              • #8
                Oh no they couldn’t contact them for heavens sake. Not Bradford. London or nothing I’m afraid.

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                • #9
                  I hear what you guys are saying, and the thing is.....they are under threat arn't they? So, if push comes to shove, then there are places on the outside of London that they COULD move to. However, if they want to stay in London then they really do have a battle on their hands with property being at a premium. Have they thought of just asking some of the wealthier actors and producers to "Help them out", in some way?

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                  • #10
                    Thanks Kelp for understanding what I am trying to say. How much do they want to stay open. They could go to any of the big cities, Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool etc. That would show commitment to the place.

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                    • #11
                      We NEED something like this in the centre of Birmingham. If I were in charge of it, and a decision to move away from London was on the cards, I would contact Steven Knight, the writer that is hoping to open a Film Production Studio close to the NEC in Birmingham. He is a film fan, and has the clout to get the job done. Steven is connected to the studios in LA too. But then......I am not in charge am I.

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                      • #12
                        Birmingham would be good. It’s xentral has had it has studios there and must be cheaper than London.

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                        • #13
                          32,485 have signed. Let’s get to 35,000!

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                          • #14
                            More!

                            https://londonist.com/london/film/th...ning-his-films

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                            • #15
                              Shouldn't these threads be merged?

                              https://www.britmovie.co.uk/forum/ci...-in-kennington

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