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Win the chance to interview New Model Army's Justin Sullivan

18th November 2014
Win the chance to interview New Model Army's Justin Sullivan

We've got a rare opportunity for the devoted fanbase of rock pioneers New Model Army, as we offer one lucky fan the chance to interview lead singer Justin Sullivan ... read more

Two live scores in November

2nd November 2014
Two live scores in November

Our November programme features two rare opportunities to experience a pair of classic silent movies from the 1920s accompanied by a live score.

The first sees us ... read more

Halloween horrors

31st October 2014
Halloween horrors

All Hallow's Eve approaches, and as always we have a pair of cinematic terrors for our audiences to enjoy as this year we screen William Friedkin's director's cut o... 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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