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The Batch does The Dane

15th October 2015
The Batch does The Dane

This October, Oscar nominee Benedict Cumberbatch returns to the stage as he takes on one of Shakespeare's most iconic creations - Hamlet, the Prince of Denmark, as ... read more

A night of Parisian delights with Hotel Du Vin

14th June 2015
A night of Parisian delights with Hotel Du Vin

Our latest Film Food Club sees us partner up with the prestigious Hotel Du Vin on Sunday 14th June, as we screen Woody Allen's Midnight In Paris followed by a meal ... read more

Eat the rude this June with Conjurer's Kitchen

10th June 2015
Eat the rude this June with Conjurer's Kitchen

To mark the launch of the third series of Bryan Fuller's acclaimed TV serial Hannibal on Sky Living, our horror programmers Shock & Gore are teaming up with food ar... 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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