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Shock & Gore celebrates it's 9th year.

8th July 2019
Shock & Gore celebrates it's 9th year.

 Now in its 9th edition, Birmingham’s Shock & Gore film festival is sure to be heavy on the guts and viscera. Break out your anoraks and go get bloody in the front ... read more

Win a Private Screening when you see Toy Story 4

21st June 2019
Win a Private Screening when you see Toy Story 4

Win a private cinema screening!
Free Fruit Shoots and enter our competition to win your child a private party at The Electric Cinema when you watch Toy Story 4 at... read more

BLOC Hotel VIP Cinema Offer

21st June 2019
BLOC Hotel VIP Cinema Offer

 After the huge success of last year’s BLOC/Electric Cinema offer, we’ve teamed up again in 2019 to bring you this amazing blockbuster deal…

The BLOC // Electric C... read more

History 1932-1962

Tatler 1937In 1931 Joseph Cohen bought The Select and for a few months showed rep films, before closing the cinema in 1932 with a view to a complete refit. His plan was to obtain the uppers floors, then create a balcony and changing rooms for the staff.

After a period of closure, (when it was rumoured that it was used as an amusement arcade!) work commenced on the upper floors of the cinema in 1936. A year later, the cinema reopened as Birmingham's second news theatre, The Tatler. The cinema showed rolling news reels from Pathe and British Movietone, along with short films and cartoons.

Cohen was a highly successful Birmingham businessman and owed 50 cinemas at the height of the Jacey Cinema chain. Along with being friends with Walt Disney, he also knew Oscar Deutsch, the Birmingham entrepreneur behind the Odeon chain, the first of which was built in Perry Barr in 1933.

The cinema was unusual, as it shot and edited its own regional news, some of which still remains today. 

News and cartoons were shown until the late 1960s when the advent of TV removed the need for current affairs programming in cinemas


Click here for 1962-1979