Tucked away in the charming neighborhood of Chiswick, London, The Old Cinema is not just a store: it's an ode to the harmonious blend of history and contemporary retail. With 10,000 square feet of showroom space, The Old Cinema has been a Chiswick landmark since 1979. Its façade whispers tales of bygone eras, while its interiors are a curated ensemble of antiques, vintage, and retro wonders, making it an irresistible destination for both the casual tourist and the seasoned Londoner.
This unique department store began its life as an Edwardian picture house, entertaining locals with the magic of movies from 1908 to 1934. But as times changed, so did the role of the cinema. It lay dormant for two decades, with a brief stint as a parachute warehouse during the tumultuous days of World War II.
The 1950s, however, marked a renaissance for the building. Victorian furniture took center stage, attracting international demand as British antiques became sought-after treasures in Europe, America, and Japan. Just when it seemed that the 1970s would see the end of this iconic building to make way for a supermarket, fate intervened. Two local antique dealers purchased the property, breathing new life into the building and ensuring its legacy as a beloved local landmark.
A visit to The Old Cinema reveals a wealth of treasures. Whether it's an ornate 18th-century mirror or a 1970s retro lamp, there's something for every discerning eye. The collection extends beyond British borders, with intricate Indian carvings, Scandinavian designs, and more, all meticulously curated to ensure authenticity and history.
But what sets The Old Cinema apart is not just its vast collection, but its soul. Each seller is an enthusiast, ensuring that each piece isn't just an object, but a story, a piece of history waiting for a new home. The authenticity extends to the vintage fashion corner, where you can discover clothing, jewelry, and accessories from the past, or the section dedicated to film lovers, adorned with classic posters and memorabilia from the golden age of cinema.
Walking through its corridors is like stepping back in time. The old projectors, crimson velvet curtains, and subtle architectural nuances paint a nostalgic picture that beautifully juxtaposes the antiques on display.
Today, The Old Cinema's inventory is as unpredictable as it is varied. One day it may showcase collections from Scandinavia or the United States, while another may be filled with treasures from Eastern Europe, Italy, or India. This diversity has attracted the attention of everyone from Hollywood set designers to exclusive hotels, fine restaurants, trendy bars and even castles. Yet despite its expansive reach and global appeal, The Old Cinema remains true to its roots. It remains a family-run business, exuding a warmth and informality that resonates with its unique history and charm.
In addition, the store continues to engage and evolve with regular events and exhibitions. Focused on various themes and eras, these events serve as an avenue for both seasoned collectors and new enthusiasts to immerse themselves in a rich tapestry of history and design.
- 19th century antiques
- 20th century antiques
- Antique furniture
- Antique mirrors
- Lighting fixtures
- Antique stores
- Art deco
- Bronze & Sculptures
- Glass & Ceramic
- Industrial design
- Mid-century modern
- Jewelry & watches
- Scandinavian design
- Vintage rugs
- Vinyl records
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