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Brendon Burns and Colt Cabana mock bad wrestling on August 1st

1st August 2016
Brendon Burns and Colt Cabana mock bad wrestling on August 1st

We do like to offer a varied programme here at The Electric, and August 1st will see us host a first for us - namely the self explanatory live event Brendon Burns &... read more

Shock & Gore VI hits The Electric this July

15th July 2016
Shock & Gore VI hits The Electric this July

July is upon us, which means it’s time to dust off the Ouija board and commune with Birmingham's annual Shock & Gore horror and fantasy film festival.

Launching wi... read more

The Cinematic Time Machine season hits the 1960s & 70s

20th May 2016
The Cinematic Time Machine season hits the 1960s & 70s

The Electric Cinema is currently hosting The Cinematic Time Machine, a year long season of seminal films from across the globe with support from the Film Hub South ... read more

History 1993-2004

2004 FrontIn 1993, the cinema was bought by cinema entrepreneur and now radio presenter Bill Heine. The name was reverted back to The Electric and managed by Steven Metcalf.

A contemporary work of art called Thatcher's Children was installed in the windows on the front of the building, with the intent to shock and attract publicity to the opening of an art cinema in Birmingham. Trouble was, the cinema already had a seedy reputation and the placement of naked statues outside the building did nothing to allay those fears to the local population.

The cinema was reasonably popular for a while, catering to around 600 customers per week, but after a while the building deteriorated into an unfit state.

At the end of 2003, The Electric closed, showing Kill Bill for the final screening. A few months later, the cinema was bought by film maker Tom Lawes who intended to run a recording studio upstairs and reopen the main screen to the public.

 The film above briefly documents the cinema's restoration in 2004.

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