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A historic unveiling

1st Mar 2017
A historic unveiling

February 2017 saw the grand unveiling of an official plaque from the Birmingham Civic Society confirming our status as the oldest working cinema in the UK, established on 27th December 1909.

Acclaimed British director Ben Wheatley joined fellow director and Electric Cinema owner Tom Lawes for the official unv... read more

Cohen to the cinema

25th Jan 2017
Cohen to the cinema

The February 2017 edition of Sight & Sound magazine featured an article penned by Flatpack Festival head Ian Francis on the Jacey Cinemas chain, which forms part of The Electric Cinema's extensive history.

A scrapbook was recently uncovered by members of the Cohen family featuring a number of newspaper articl... read more

In memory of Dr. Clifford Shaw (1919 - 2015)

5th Jan 2016
In memory of Dr. Clifford Shaw (1919 - 2015)

We recently became aware that a time honoured friend of the cinema, Dr Clifford Shaw, sadly passed away last October, aged 96. He had worked tirelessly to help establish Birmingham’s Electric as the oldest working cinema in the U.K.

Between 1995 and 2015 we received numerous hand typed letters from Dr Shaw, ... read more

A tale of Tatler's past

2nd Jun 2015
A tale of Tatler's past

One of our customers has very kindly donated to us a collection of leaflets displaying what the Birmingham Film Society was screening here at The Electric Cinema in 1951 and 1952 when it was known as the Tatler Theatre.

Robert Weiner posted us a selection of programmes which show the various foreign films and... read more

Interactive scares

1st Mar 2014
Interactive scares

Over 100 eager students from the John Henry Newman secondary school in Chelmsley Wood came to The Electric on February 25th for a morning of scares and spookiness.

The group split into two to watch Hammer horror The Woman In Black in both our downstairs and upstairs screens, then afterwards the group united fo... read more

A Burton double bill

15th Dec 2012
A Burton double bill

When school groups visit The Electric, they've often been studying the work of one particular director and want to focus on his or her work during their time here.

When Harborne Academy recently came to visit The Electric, they focused specifically on the animated work of Burton, watching a Gothic double bill ... read more

British Council USA Summer Camp

27th Aug 2012
British Council USA Summer Camp

We were very pleased to welcome along the British Council Summer camp this month, as a group of students from the US visited Birmingham and stopped off at The Electric along the way.

After being given a talk about the history of the cinema, plus the differences between 35mm and digital, the students split into... read more

St Edmund Campion Catholic School

27th Jul 2012
St Edmund Campion Catholic School

St Edmund Campion Catholic School and Sixth Form Centre in Erdington were the latest school to take advantage of The Electric's commitment to promoting the history of cinema and film to school children and students. 

Visiting us at the end of May, they were treated to a tour of the projection rooms, asked mana... read more

King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Girls visit

27th Jun 2012
King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Girls visit

King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Girls visited The Electric in late April to be given a talk about the cinema's history and then watch Baz Luhrmann's stylish version of Romeo + Juliet, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Clare Danes, in order to prepare them for studying the actual play for an English module.

St... read more

The Last Projectionist hits cinemas

4th May 2012
The Last Projectionist hits cinemas

The Last Projectionist - our feature length documentary about the history of The Electric and UK independent cinema, directed by Electric owner Tom Lawes - finally has an official release date of Friday June 22nd.

This unique documentary has proven a real hit with school groups attending The Electric, especial... read more

Educational hires

26th Mar 2012
Educational hires

Did you know that schools and colleges can book themselves in to watch a film and have a special presentation here at The Electric? One of the most recent media studies groups to visit came from St. Thomas Aquinas School in Kings Norton (pictured), and teacher Joe Stevens delivered this glowing testimonial abou... read more

The Last Projectionist

18th Jan 2012
The Last Projectionist

Tutors looking to engage their students in film education will be pleased to know that The Electric Cinema has made available a brand new documentary entitled The Last Projectionist. The film has been made available prior to theatrical release specifically for education groups wanting to know more about the exh... read more

Educating History

10th Jun 2011
Educating History

Welcome to the new History & Education site for the Electric Cinema.  Here you can find detailed descriptions of the cinemas 100 years of history!  There are also interviews and short films about the cinema in all it's previous guises.  

Additionally you can find information and reviews for the Electric's educ... read more