The Old Cinema has been short listed for 'Antiques Centre of the Year' in Homes & Antiques Magazine 2013 Awards.  If you would like to vote for us please visit the Homes & Antiques website, and use the drop down menu to select our store.  Many thanks for your support!  

Great News! We are currently looking for a Full time Sales Assistant.

If you are creative, fun and energetic then download an application from our Job Vacancy page.

You will be liaising closely with customers, dealers and suppliers, interior designers and big brand clients so excellent communication skills are essential. The role combines sales, practical tasks and some administrative skills. Please note applicants must be comfortable lifting heavy furniture.

Applications can be sent to:


Every December, The Old Cinema opens for a single night of late night shopping, drinks, and a very special performance. This year, we had the pleasure of hosting Define Choice's ‘Guns, Love, and Chemistry’, a dramatic and comedic adaptation of three short stories by Anton Chekov. After being warmed up by some bubbly, everybody squeezed into a very full back room of the shop, not entirely sure what to expect. Three boxes were offered to us, each one containing an object representing each of the three plays. After each play was selected, the group sprang into action using minimal props along the way.
     Stellar performances came from each cast member on the night. Although the tone throughout each performance was largely comedic and light hearted, writer and fellow cast member Paul Ham managed to intertwine serious and intimate moments throughout all three performances. Graham Dickson played both a convincing French arms dealer and later a drunken army Captain (although not at the same time!). Brendan Murphy moved seamlessly between not-so-secret lover, soldier and oddball assistant, and the lovely Fleur Keith showed a fantastic ability to charm, annoy and enrage, in this case sometimes all a the same time! We aren't the only ones who enjoyed the show, as it has already received a rave review by Lizzie Kirkwood which you can check out here.
     The play is carrying on from tonights performance at Frenchs' Theatre Bookshop (which is now sold out, if that’s anything to go by! ) until the 16th of December. Tickets must be booked in advance at This play is not to be missed! 


Define Choice Theatre Company will perform Guns, Love, and Chemistry at our annual Late Night Shopping event on Thursday 6th December.  Based on 3 short stories by Anton Chekhov, the play brings to life the absurd and dark side of the great Russian dramatist.  To book tickets visit
We will be serving complimentary drinks from 6pm until close at 9:30pm.  The performance starts at 7:30pm.

We would love to see you there! xxx

Or just send SMS.  Check out these large colourful back lit industrial letters, for when you really need to get your message across!  These letters measure 92cm high and can be bought individually for £225 or the set for £650.

We have lots of amazing vintage glassware for all those drinks parties next month! Whatever drinks you're serving we have the glasses to match, come and check them out this weekend.

The Old Cinema would like to welcome new dealer Annabel Cassidy of Interior Eden. Annabel's amazing 1950's polished steel French display case is packed with equally stunning objects that would make a magpie jealous. There is an impressive selection of glassware, metalware and earthenware of French, Austrian and English origin that date from the 1930s to the late 1960s with new stock arriving frequently. Annabel's cabinet is located on the ground floor in the display cabinet room.

Our latest American shipment has arrived and is full of the usual goodies you'd expect from across the pond.
There is a massive collection of industrial desk chairs, hundreds of cocktail glasses and classic American vintage kitsch - including the increasingly rare Coke signs and some nice letters!
Expect many items to hit the shop floor as we draw ever closer to Christmas, only 54 more days to go!

The Old Cinema is pleased to announce that a few pieces of ours have been featured in the latest 007 film, Skyfall. The vintage industrial chairs, supplied by Ines Cole, were used in one of the scenes featuring Bond (Daniel Craig), and the villain of the film Raoul Silva (Javier Bardem). As the films premier is tomorrow, we don't quite know the situation in the scene, and we are excited to find out! The chairs can be clearly scene in the full length trailer featured here.

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The theme for this years Halloween display harks back to the Victorian times when medical practices were still very much experimental.  The doctor that left this office behind was rather demented, with old rusty medical devices, ghoulish green and blood red chemicals, two headed skulls, and even an embalmed bat for good measure!
Hours were spent hand cutting the dozens of bats hanging from the ceiling, and we used an untouched, original Victorian mirror as found (dust and all!) to hang on the wall. An old oak hymns board provided the perfect backdrop for a 'Freakshow' style poster. We hope you enjoy looking at is as much as we did creating it!

We are very pleased to feature in Art Zip magazine (full website launching soon), the first bilingual contemporary art magazine dedicated to bringing together the world of art in the UK and China. Distributed in both countries, it showcases the current best in art and provides a unique insight into other sectors in the creative industry including fashion, design, music, advertising, architecture, cinema, and many more. Many thanks to Harry Liu for visiting us and including the shop in his article.

We're known for our diverse range of products, but this one lies firmly on the seedier end of the spectrum. This week The Old Cinema presents, in all its Technicolour glory, an original Italian film poster of the notorious 1972 porno, Deep Throat. It is enormous, measuring 1.5m high, and is the most graphic of all the international posters produced for the film. Located right at the entrance of the shop, this poster literally stops passers-by in their tracks!

If you find Linda a bit too 'lovely' for your home, we have another sweet treat this time from the USA. An original 1950s confectionary machine converted to bathroom cabinet. We removed all the inner mechanics and replaced it with glass shelves and a new coat of paint. The cabinet has brackets for wall hanging.

                         Both items will add a bit of sugar in your life, whichever you choose!

As much as we would like to deny it, summer is officially over. The nights are drawing in and we turn to our lamps earlier everyday. Here at The Old Cinema we have a great selection of lighting in many different styles for those cosy nights ahead, including industrial, retro and upcycled. Each piece is sure to keep things bright in your favourite reading chair, desk or bedroom!

The upcycled lamps above are part of a unique collection including camera lamps, cricket bats, and many more courtesy of Guy Trench of Antiques by Design.

Below are two examples of classic French Jielde factory lamp. There are many reproductions of this lamp out there, but we only stock the originals...

Is your desk short on space? These industrial side-clamping lamps will
do the trick when you're burning the midnight oil.

If space-age retro is your thing, we have some rare examples that glow like the moon!

These more traditionally styled lamps from India add a bright flair with their colourful shades.

Any dark corners will soon be extinguished with these 
fab heating lamps which have been upcycled into uplighters.

Our dome lights are a regular feature in the shop, 
each one converted into a feature light with a vintage style cord 
and 'squirrel cage' light bulb.

We just received a fantastic selection of these framed uncut cigarette and matchbox label sheets from Germany, Belgium and the United Kingdom. Labels include Rizla, Butlins, Panda, and many others. Sizes and prices vary. The majority of the prints are located on the first floor showroom, courtesy of Bird Vintage.

This very rare tambour filing cabinet arrived in the shop this afternoon.  It is a stunning example of vintage industrial furniture, by British firm Roneo who have been manufacturing office furniture since the 1910s and are still operating today. The quality of their pieces is unmatched. We have had numerous Roneo desks and cabinets over the years, each one a testament to their ability to combine beautiful aesthetics with a practical purpose.  View on our website

The Old Cinema is pleased to welcome Mike Briggs and Stuart Young of 'In the 20th Century', whose showcase is located on the ground floor. Mike and Stuart have been collectors of Art Deco, Mid-Century ceramics, glass and sculpture for over 20 years. They became dealers about 10 years ago and regularly source items from France, the USA and the UK. They stock a wide variety of items including glass, ceramics, bakelite, lucite and more by names including Lalique, Whitefriars, Keith Murray, Susie Cooper and many others.

The classic clash of American Ivy League universities Harvard and Yale stretches back decades, and now is your chance to own a bit of that history! An incredible find during our bi-annual buying trip to America, these hand sewn felted wool banners have been mounted in custom Ash Frames to show off their best school spirit. Although the dates on each banner stretches back 90 years, it is likely these were produced in the 1930s as part of class reunions.

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