The Electric

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Cinema Closure

17th March 2020
Cinema Closure

 With the entire cinema industry shutting down it has now become impossible for us to continue any longer. We will be entering hibernation, hopefully to awaken late... read more

Crank Up Your Conference at The Electric Cinema Birmingham

31st January 2020
Crank Up Your Conference at The Electric Cinema Birmingham

We have been featured as one of the top cinemas to hire in the Midlands by Hire Space. Check out their article and consider hiring The Electric for your corporate e... read more

110th Birthday Celebration with Behind the Screens Tour by Owner Tom Lawes

9th December 2019
110th Birthday Celebration with Behind the Screens Tour by Owner Tom Lawes

On the 28th of December, one day after our official 110th Birthday, join us for a 'behind the screens' tour of the UK's oldest working cinema and find out about the... read more

Booking Information

£11.50 standard seating
£8.50 concession
£12.80 per person for front row sofas (no concessions or waiter service)
£15.20 per person for back sofas (min. 2 person, no concessions)

You are eligible for a concessionary rate on standard seats if you are....

Under 16 
Full-time Student
Over 60
Claiming Job Seekers Allowance

Anyone claiming Disability Benefits (ESA or PIP)
An Electrolyte Member
Independent Birmingham card holder (Sun to Thu only)
BrumPic Culture Card holder (Sun to Thu only)

Our staff are required to check ID for every concession price ticket, so please be sure to bring proof of eligibility with you to show at the Box Office when you pick up your tickets.  

Birmingham City Council Employees can also enjoy 2-4-1 Standard seats Monday - Thursday when showing a valid photo Id or BCC payslip 

3D screenings have an extra £3 surcharge on each ticket, whilst prices for National Theatre Live and RSC: Live From Stratford-Upon-Avon screenings range from £11.90 to £21.80 (concs available).

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 10-15 minutes after the time listed on the website. To avoid disappointment finding your seats, please arrive promptly.


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, it’s first come, first served. That does mean that for a sell-out, if you arrive past the start time, you might not be able to sit together.

Does the cinema have disabled access?

We do have disabled 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. 

Do you participate in the Meerkat Movies promotion?

We do. Electric Cinema customers can now get 2 for 1 standard seats with Meerkat Movies, the reward scheme for customers of that offers 2 for 1 cinema tickets every Tuesday or Wednesday. Click here for information on the offer and see below for full terms and conditions.

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.

Note - this policy is only eligible for standard priced Electric Cinema events. Special events that include, food, catering or entertainment may not be transferable.     

Can we bring our baby or child aged below three with us?

Unfortunately not. We want to maintain a relaxed adult environment, plus we don't have adequate baby changing facilities. 

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.

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)


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.


Meerkat Movies Terms & Conditions

1.1 This offer applies to all standard cinema screenings publically available on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. It does not apply to sofa seating.

1.2 Once you have claimed your code, presented it to the cashier at the point of purchase and if it has been validated, you will receive one cinema ticket at no cost when you purchase more than one cinema ticket for the same screening. The lowest priced ticket will be free.

1.3 The free cinema ticket will be issued for the same film and screening as the paid cinema ticket.

1.4 This offer does not apply to pre-ordered tickets.

1.5 You may only claim one code per week and the code can only be used once.

1.6 This offer only applies to standard cinema screenings and excludes premieres, previews, school bookings, corporate or private hires, third party bulk ticket purchases, private screenings, event cinema, live satellite broadcasts and as live broadcasts.

1.7 This offer only covers the cost of a standard priced ticket for a standard cinema screening. There may be an additional fee for 3D screenings.

1.8 Admission is not guaranteed and seat availability is on a first come first served basis.

1.9 This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer, there are no cash alternatives and the codes have no cash value.

1.10 Admissions are subject to normal BBFC film classifications.

1.11 The Electric Cinema's normal terms and conditions of sale, purchase and admission/entry apply. Ticket prices may be subject to change at any time, without notice.

Full terms & conditions can be found at


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 £5.00 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 £5.00 as long as you have not exceeded the limit of five hours.
Please ask a member of staff if you have any queries.