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The Batch does The Dane

15th October 2015
The Batch does The Dane

This October, Oscar nominee Benedict Cumberbatch returns to the stage as he takes on one of Shakespeare's most iconic creations - Hamlet, the Prince of Denmark, as ... read more

Win a signed The Tribe poster

16th June 2015
Win a signed The Tribe poster

We're hosting our very own Our Screen pick this June, as we screen Miroslav Slaboshpitsky's brutal Ukrainian drama The Tribe on Tuesday 16th June.

In a film with n... read more

See the third series premiere of Hannibal at The Electric

10th June 2015
See the third series premiere of Hannibal at The Electric

To mark the launch of the third series of Bryan Fuller's acclaimed TV serial Hannibal on Sky Living, our horror programmers Shock & Gore are teaming up with food ar... 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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