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by Sandra Lawson (subscribe)
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Published March 4th 2013
Memorabilia for Movie Goers and Collectables for Film Fans
Although The Cinema Store has been on Upper St Martin's Lane for 18 years, I noticed it for the first time the other day. Neil Palmer, the owner, explained that his business has grown out of a hobby that became too big to house, so we can now all share in it with him.

Conveniently located a short walk from cinema land in Leicester Square, The Cinema Store sells practically everything a movie fan could ask for. There is a whole wall full of imported cinema magazines, and shelves lined with books about film, film stars and everything else related.

The Cinema Store
Imported Magazines, as well as Ted

The Cinema Store

You can purchase movie posters, both originals and reprints, postcards, and all sorts of memorabilia including Ted (the teddy bear), a Gremlin (but don't feed after midnight) and Chucky (the evil doll). There are board games based on film and TV programmes, and heaps of memorabilia, especially James Bond, Star Wars, Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings. You can browse a large selection of toys, including action figures, figurines, head knockers and a host of other collectors' items.

The Cinema Store
Action Figures and Toys

There is an enormous range of everything and anything to keep horror film fans content, including bottles of True Blood, masks and fancy dress costumes (for non-horror fans too), and The Cinema Store also mans a stall at Frightfest at the Empire Cinema in Leicester Square every August.

The Cinema Store
Harry Potter Robe (Image Courtesy of the Cinema Store Website)

The Cinema Store
The Exorcist Mask - Perfect for your next Halloween Party (Image Courtesy of The Cinema Store Website)

Neil has an extensive range of autographed pictures and signed books, many of which are sourced from film conventions and book companies. And last, but not least, you will find a huge selection of DVDs and film soundtracks that fill the entire basement area of the shop.

The Cinema Store
Signed Pictures

The Cinema Store stocks include classic, as well as contemporary film items so that all ages and tastes are catered for. So whether you are a sci-fi, James Bond or a horror fan, of if you just want to wallow in the golden age of Hollywood, source an imported magazine, or are searching for a biography or autobiography of a film star, signed or otherwise, or even if you're after a present for a film buff, take yourself down to Upper St Martin's Lane. But keep your eyes open in case you walk right past, just as I've been doing for the last 18 years. Keep your eyes open for this:

The Cinema Store
Outside the Cinema Store

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When: 10am-6.30pm Monday - Wednesday, 10am-7pm Thursday - Saturday, 12pm-6pm Sundays and Bank Holidays
Cost: Free to browse
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This place looks great; reminds me a bit of Forbidden Planet.
by Bastion Harrison (score: 4|12626) 3449 days ago
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