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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

Win David Cronenberg's Rabid on Blu-ray

16th February 2015
Win David Cronenberg's Rabid on Blu-ray

For the first time ever, Arrow Video release David Cronenberg’s much lauded 1977 horror classic Rabid onto Blu-ray on 16th February, and our Shock & Gore team have ... read more

Valentine's Day at The Electric

14th February 2015
Valentine's Day at The Electric

There's something for all kinds of couples here at The Electric this Valentine's Day, whether you're the lovey dovey type or not really fussed about all that mushy ... 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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