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Science, but not as we know it

22nd July 2014
Science, but not as we know it

Every year the British Science Festival takes over a different UK city for a week of scientific discovery and this year it's Birmingham's turn, so we're holding a p... read more

Music svengali Alan McGee visits The Electric

16th July 2014
Music svengali Alan McGee visits The Electric

Former Creation Records impresario and all round music svengali Alan McGee will be visiting The Electric on Tuesday August 5th for a special screening of the Britis... read more

The Found Footage Festival: Volume 7

27th June 2014
The Found Footage Festival: Volume 7

Tapeheads unite, because The Found Footage Festival returns to The Electric Cinema on Monday July 28th to unveil a brand new collection of random videos found in ga... 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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