The Electric

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Justin Edgar's freak show

11th April 2014
Justin Edgar's freak show
Birmingham's own Justin Edgar brings his latest feature We Are The Freaks to screens this April, and he'll be joining us live here at The Electric on opening night ... read more

Withnail weekend

7th April 2014
Withnail weekend

'Right you f**ker, I'm going to do the washing up!' The ultimate cult comedy returns to our screens on Saturday June 21st as we host a special screening of genius 8... read more

Peek behind the screens

5th April 2014
Peek behind the screens

Ever wanted to take a look behind the scenes at The Electric Cinema? Now's your chance as we offer some special weekday morning tours of this historic building, inc... read more

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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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