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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.

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

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