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Wes on our walls

6th April 2018
Wes on our walls

Our upstairs gallery is now playing host to an exhibition from a number of artists inspired by the work of Wes Anderson.

From The Royal Tenenbaums to Moonrise King... read more

A very Beautiful Thing

5th March 2018
A very Beautiful Thing

Sunday 25th February saw The Electric host a very special screening of the cult 1990s film Beautiful Thing, organised by the Birmingham LGBT festival SHOUT.

The fi... read more

Electric Cinema greetings cards now available

14th December 2017
Electric Cinema greetings cards now available

Due to popular demand, we now have a number of specially illustrated greetings cards available from local artist Milan Topalovic.

Choose between a snowy scene outs... 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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