The Electric

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At the Peake of her career

23rd March 2015
At the Peake of her career

If you missed Maxine Peake's powerful stage performance as Hamlet this year, never fear because late March sees The Electric present two recorded performances of Pe... read more

Flatpack's back

19th March 2015
Flatpack's back

One of the country's finest film festivals pops up in Birmingham again this March as the Flatpack Film Festival returns for 2015, and here at The Electric we'll be ... read more

Cinema Royale (with cheese)

17th March 2015
Cinema Royale (with cheese)

Experience Pulp Fiction like never before this March as acclaimed food artist Annabel de Vetten returns with another collection of beautiful edible treats, each one... read more

Booking Information

£8.40 standard seating 
£5.40 concessions 
£10.20 per person for front row sofas (no concessions or waiter service)
£13.90 per person for sofas (min. 2 persons, no concessions)

3D screenings have an extra £1.50 surcharge on each ticket.

Please go to our programme page to book tickets or call 0121 643 7879
if you would prefer to book by phone.

When you arrive at The Electric, please give your name at the box office and we will give you your tickets. 

The building itself is open 30 minutes before the first performance of the day.

We do not post out tickets. Instead, tickets can be collected from the box office 30 minutes before each performance. The screen is normally open 30 minutes before a performance to allow time for you to get drinks and find your seats.

Unlike many cinemas, we screen a limited amount of advertising. Our main features begin around 5-10 minutes after the time listed on the website. To avoid disappointment finding your seats, please arrive promptly.

Sofa Seating

In addition to our standard seats we offer two types of luxury seating, 'Front Row Sofas' and 'Back Sofas'. Booking a Back Sofa Seat entitles you to use our unique 'Text Waiter Service'. Each sofa is named after a star from the golden age of cinema. Upon arrival you will be given a menu and shown where your sofa is located. Once the film has begun, you can simply text your order and seat name and we will deliver your drinks and snacks straight to you; no need to miss the film! 

Front Sofas offer our most immersive cinematic experience. Individual seating, up close to the screen but with foot stools so you can lean back, relax and enjoy the action.

Please note there is no waiter service on the 'Front Row Sofas'

See below for a plan of our sofas in both screens. We advise booking sofa seats in advance whenever possible, especially for weekend screenings.


Screen 1 (downstairs)


Screen 2 (upstairs)



Frequently Asked Questions

Are there concessions on sofas?

No. Concessions are only available on standard seats.

Are standard seats allocated?

No, we don’t allocate standard seats or the Front Sofas, it’s first come, first served. That does mean that for a sell-out, if there are more than two people in your party and you arrive past the start time, you might not all be able to sit together.

Do you take part in the Orange Wednesdays 241 scheme?

We do, but the 241 offer only applies to our standard seating, and not our sofa seats.

Does the cinema have disabled access?

We do have access to Screen 1, including ground floor disabled facilities, but unfortunately there is no wheelchair access to Screen 2. If you are a wheelchair user and require a ramp to be put out on the front steps, please let us know in advance if possible. If a customer has a CEA (Cinema Exhibitors Association) card, then they can always have a carer/guardian see a film for free. For information on booking disabled access seats, please contact us via email on

How old do you have to be to enter The Electric?

As we're a licensed venue, our policy is that anybody under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult, regardless of the certificate of the film they are watching.

When I’ve bought my tickets, do you post the tickets out?

No, we e-mail a ticket confirmation when you purchase online, but bringing that with you on the day of the screening isn’t essential; all you need do is quote your name at the box office. If you can bring the debit/credit card you booked on, all the better.

Can I book a three/four seater sofa for two people?

We keep three/four seaters free for larger parties until 20 mins before the start of the screening, and if they haven't sold by then, we can sell them for two people.

Can we get a refund if we can't make it to the screening?

We can't give a refund, but as long as you give us 24 hours notice, your booking can be put onto a postponed list and you'll be able to use it for any other film within the next month.

Is there a booking fee on tickets?

There is a 45 pence per head booking fee for all web and phone bookings to cover administration charges for processing the payment.

Are 3D tickets more expensive?

There is an extra £1.50 surcharge on each ticket for all 3D films.


Terms & Conditions

Concessionary tickets are available to students with a valid NUS card, unemployed with a valid 
DSS form, under 16s and over 60s.

The programme details are correct at the time of publication. We reserve the right to cancel or 
alter the advertised programme.

All tickets purchased are non-refundable. Any changes to bookings must be made 
24 hours prior to the booking. Changes to bookings and refunds are at the manager's discretion.

Latecomers can spoil the enjoyment of others and are therefore only admitted at the manager's 
discretion but no later than 15 minutes after the performance starts.

Doors open 30 mins before the first performance. Screen 1 is accessible to wheelchair users, 
however we are unable to offer access to screen 2 due to the age and layout of the building. 
Please call in advance if possible to arrange for easy access into the building

Due to the unreliability of the mobile phone network, the text waiter service cannot be guaranteed.

The management reserve the right to change your seat to one of an equivalent value or to 
refund the difference.


For those customers coming by car, we now have a partnership with the New Street NCP car park located on St Jude’s Passage, opposite The Victoria pub (see P sign on the map above). Our customers can park there for just £3.00 for five hours.
Please note, this is a multi-storey car park - DO NOT park at the open air NCP car park which is very close by, as the offer is not valid for this car park.
All you have to do is mention that you’re parked there when you come to our box office to collect your cinema tickets, and we’ll give you a special ticket.
When you return to the car park, insert your initial car park ticket, which will bring up the normal tariff. Then insert our ticket, and the price will automatically drop to £3.20 as long as you have not exceeded the limit of five hours.
Please ask a member of staff if you have any queries or click here for the official NCP website for this car park.

How to use the Orange Wednesdays two-for-one offer

To claim your 241 voucher, you must be on the Orange network and either text the word FILM to the number 241, call the number 241 from an Orange phone, or access Orange World on your phone.

The Orange customer will then receive a special text message, called a text ticket, which contains a unique 8 digit code. The customer then shows their text ticket at the box office and asks for an Orange Wednesdays free ticket (another full price ticket for the same film must also be purchased). A small electronic device at the box office point, called the Orange box, will be used to redeem the text tickets. 

Orange Wednesdays Terms & Conditions

The promotion applies to all public paid advertised screenings, excluding premieres and other private screenings, on Wednesdays.

Text tickets are only redeemable on Wednesdays during the offer period during advertised opening hours of The Electric.

The offer is not available when booking in advance by whatever means, and is not available until 30 minutes before the screening you wish to attend. 

Text tickets must be presented at The Electric box office when buying the cinema ticket. The lowest price ticket will be issued free. Once validated, the text ticket can't be used again.

The offer is not available on sofa seating at The Electric in any way and only applies to standard seats. 

There is a maximum of one text ticket per person per transaction. You can only use a text ticket once and the promotion cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.

Orange will only accept original text tickets, not copies.

The 'free' cinema ticket issued is complimentary, with zero cash value. There is only one 'free admission' per customer, per paid cinema ticket.

Seat availability is on a first come, first served basis. Admission is NOT guaranteed.

Text ticket holders and their guests have no priority over other customers.

Admissions are subject to film classifications. Text tickets are non-transferable.

The 'free' cinema ticket will be issued to the same film and session as the paid cinema ticket. Honouring of text tickets is subject to film and seat availability.