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TEN UNUSUAL CINEMAS
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Cinema Fume, Brixton Academy, Brixton, London (0171 274 1525). The management reserves the right to mind its own business while you binge out the fags'n'booze. Pulled through the courts for smuggling Natural Born Killers into the country, it is currently negotiating with Persons Unknown in the hope of moving into the Camden Parkway.

National Film Theatre, South Bank Centre, London (0171 928 3232). October sees a retrospective of Buster Keaton's work, complete with live musical accompaniment, while on 8 November, the Royal Festival Hall hosts Carl Davis conducting the Live Cinema Orchestra with a new version of Hugo Riesenfeld's score for Sunrise, made in 1927.

Prince Charles, Leicester Place, London WC2 (0171 437 8181). Famously absurd recorded announcements with a turnover of at least four different films per day. Tiny prices (pounds 1.50-pounds 3).

Museum of the Moving Image, South Bank, Waterloo, London, SE1 8XT (0171 928 3535). Deep inside this comprehensive museum is a replica of the Russian Agit-Propaganda train. Lenin, who felt cinema to be the most important art for his political strategy, sent such trains containing cinemas, printing presses and libraries to spread "the word".

World's Smallest Cinema, (below) Quadrangle Productions, London (0171 383 0866). Lovingly described by its owners as a "Jumped-up Art Deco Grecian shed" this very small, big hit of the Edinburgh Film Festival shows the work of independent film makers with a maximum 10 minute running time. Sold out, probably.

Imperial Oyster Cinema, above Royal Native Oyster Stores, Horsebridge, Whitstable CT5 1BU (01227 770829). Set in a Victorian storage house, here is a cinema perched on a restaurant with an open projector room, a bar, and a sea view behind the velvet curtains.

Cinema Kino, Manchester (0161 283 8337). A roving cinema that takes up residence in such places as Cafe Pop, Dukes 92 and Color. Forthcoming events include an International Short Film and Video Festival, 25-28 October. The celebration of underground film in November features Curt McDowell's Thundercrack!. Phone for locations.

International Museum of Film, Photography and Television, Bradford, West Yorkshire (01274 773399). Size and width are on offer here. The IMAX screen is the largest screen in the UK, roughly equivalent to a five-storey building, while Pictureville offers the only publicly accessible Cinerama screen in the world. Reaches the parts others can't in My Fair Lady.

Fantastic Films, Tony Edwards, 95 Meadowgate, Salford (0161 707 3747). Fanatical sci-fi and fantasy film club whose festivals attract the likes of Roger Corman. On 6 October open the door to Doctor Terror's House of Horrors.

Stanford Hall Co-operative College, Stanford Hall Park, Stanford on Soar, Loughborough, LE12 5QR (01509 852333). Built by a local millionaire, this Art Deco 1930s theatre has the original projector, ascending Wurlitzer organ, air-raid shelter and 13 bedrooms (for cricket teams). Next showing, Fritz Lang's Metropolis with organ accompaniment from Donald McKenzie, 4 November.

Compiled by Pascal Wyse

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