Thursday, 19 August 2010

aug, 19th - T3L: the old cinema...

day 188:

T3London - The Old Cinema (Chiswick)
(*description of T3London on day 160)

i love rooting around a market, especially for vintage house finds. i seem to have a passion at the moment for rusting/rustic-French-countryside chic (i have been longing to go to the infamous, Braderie de Lille, just across the channel, for ages and ages) and i also drool over mid-century industrial polished steel furniture. The Old Cinema in Chiswick, has a good collection of both. it's not exactly a market...more like a market-meets a shop-meets a salvage show-room but it has a wonderfully warehouse 'rooting' (there's that word again) vibe about it. 

it's on Chiswick High Road and as the name suggests, is in an old, cavernous cinema building.

the wares change fast (and are also hired out for shoots) so it's good to go often, or to check out their stock online. recent purchases have been some old typewriter-key-cufflinks (limi gave them to A. for his birthday) and two French grain-sack cushions.

i'm also coveting a galvanised steel-framed mirror (now just to find a spot for it in the Shoebox)

Basic Info:

The Old Cinema
160 Chiswick High Road
London W4 1PR

Open Every Day 10am-6pm

Sundays 12-5pm

Tel: Int 44 (0)208 995 4166

Fax: Int 44 (0)208 995 4167


- easy to reach
- a wonderful collection of the vintage industrial polished steel furniture
- old camera table lamp stands
- French grain sack cushions, reupholstered chairs, bench cushions
- small treasures in the cabinets
- London bus signs


- buggy-unfriendly steps to the second floor (altho' there is plenty on the ground floor)
- lack of space in the Shoebox for all the amazing pieces

Tot Tips:

- there is a ramp on the ground floor
- no loos (although there are plenty of cafes in the vicinity where you can grab a coffee and change a babe)

See you there!

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