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Electric Cinema greetings cards & vouchers now available.

1st November 2018
Electric Cinema greetings cards & vouchers now available.

Christmas is just around the corner and we now have a number of specially illustrated greetings cards available from local artist Milan Topalovic.

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Ben Wheatley returns with Colin Burstead

22nd October 2018
Ben Wheatley returns with Colin Burstead

Last time we had writer-director Ben Wheatley joins us, he did us the honour of unveiling our civic society plaque naming us 'The UK's Oldest Working Cinema'.

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The LEGO Movie (Theatre)

8th July 2018
The LEGO Movie (Theatre)

We are ridiculously excited to reveal that The Electric Cinema has been immortalised in LEGO bricks for the new Legoland Discovery Centre in Birmingham!

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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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