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Flatpack Film Festival 2017

4th April 2017
Flatpack Film Festival 2017

Spring means Flatpack here in Birmingham, specifically the annual film festival featuring a host of cinematic wonders from across the globe, this year taking place ... read more

The Cinematic Time Machine delves into the 40s and 50s

5th March 2017
The Cinematic Time Machine delves into the 40s and 50s

The 2017 version of the Cinematic Time Machine season reaches the 1940s and 1950s this spring, two decades of filmmaking packed to the brim with classic cinema.

Ch... read more

Limited edition Electric Cinema prints now available

1st March 2017
Limited edition Electric Cinema prints now available

With the recent unveiling of our official history plaque from the Birmingham Civic Society listing us as the oldest working cinema in the UK, we asked artist Milan ... 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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