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The BLOC Hotel deal returns this summer

31st August 2016
The BLOC Hotel deal returns this summer

After the huge success of last year's BLOC/Electric Cinema offer, we've teamed up with BLOC Hotels once again to bring you another amazing deal running until 31st A... read more

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

Artist submissions wanted for Suicide Squad exhibition

30th July 2016
Artist submissions wanted for Suicide Squad exhibition

To coincide with the release of Suicide Squad this August, we are looking for new artwork inspired by either the comic books or the film to hang in our upstairs gal... 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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