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At the Peake of her career

23rd March 2015
At the Peake of her career

If you missed Maxine Peake's powerful stage performance as Hamlet this year, never fear because late March sees The Electric present two recorded performances of Pe... read more

Flatpack's back

19th March 2015
Flatpack's back

One of the country's finest film festivals pops up in Birmingham again this March as the Flatpack Film Festival returns for 2015, and here at The Electric we'll be ... read more

Cinema Royale (with cheese)

17th March 2015
Cinema Royale (with cheese)

Experience Pulp Fiction like never before this March as acclaimed food artist Annabel de Vetten returns with another collection of beautiful edible treats, each one... 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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