Welcome to Ancient Lighting!

We specialise in sourcing and restoring classic stage & cinema lanterns from the post war period and making them suitable for domestic and commercial use in the 21st century.

  • We are based in Cornwall and have both restored and as-found lanterns for sale. With over 40 years professional experience providing technical services to theatres and entertainers we have unrivalled contacts and can locate virtually any kind of lantern or effect for you.

  • We have a vast knowledge of film and theatre lighting from the 1950's to 1970's, so if you don't see what you are looking for please contact us as we have a large library of original trade catalogues and can suggest makes and styles to fit your own designs. If we do not have specific lanterns in stock we will almost certainly be able to source them for you.

  • If you already have your un-restored lantern our engineers are always happy to advise you on it's original colours and specification and can also restore it for you to you own requirements.

  • If you are restoring your own lantern but are missing that essential part please call us, we keeps a massive range of spare parts in stock 

Please browse through the site using the buttons above for examples of the types of lanterns that we have in stock or can acquire for you,


Restored and Bespoke Lights

  • Patt 23

Un-restored Lights

  • STRAND ELECTRIC Patt 123 Fresnel Spotilght

A selection of our restored lanterns.