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Encore screenings of The Audience

9th June 2016
Encore screenings of The Audience

Timed to coincide with Queen Elizabeth II's 90th birthday, Stephen Daldry's award winning theatre production The Audience starring Helen Mirren returns to cinema sc... read more

Celebrating Birmingham Pride with Shout Festival

22nd May 2016
Celebrating Birmingham Pride with Shout Festival

This year's Birmingham Pride takes place May 28th and 29th, so to mark the occasion we've teamed up with Shout Festival coordinator Ian Hyde for a collection of spe... read more

Studio Ghibli Forever

3rd May 2016
Studio Ghibli Forever

Is it really the end for Studio Ghibli? We sincerely hope not, but with the release of their 'final' film When Marnie Was There this May, it's the perfect time for ... 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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