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The Cinematic Time Machine delves into the 40s and 50s

5th March 2017
The Cinematic Time Machine delves into the 40s and 50s

The 2017 version of the Cinematic Time Machine season reaches the 1940s and 1950s this spring, two decades of filmmaking packed to the brim with classic cinema.

Ch... read more

10% off any room at the Rotunda with Staying Cool

16th January 2017
10% off any room at the Rotunda with Staying Cool

 We're big fans of the award winning serviced apartments run by Staying Cool at the Rotunda, so we're very pleased to be able to offer all our Electric customers a ... read more

Exclusive offer at Annexe restaurant for Electric Cinema customers

28th November 2016
Exclusive offer at Annexe restaurant for Electric Cinema customers

The owners of Birmingham restaurant Annexe want to also offer a special deal to all of our customers, offering them 20% off any meal Monday to Friday, either before... 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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