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The new Bolshoi Ballet season

26th October 2014
The new Bolshoi Ballet season

Joining our repertory of live satellite screenings this autumn is the Bolshoi Ballet, the world renowned Russian dance company who'll be performing both cast iron c... read more

Trash Film Night takes on Samurai Cop

3rd October 2014
Trash Film Night takes on Samurai Cop

If The Room is the 'Citizen Kane' of bad movies, then Amir Shervan's 1991 disasterpiece Samurai Cop is the 'Gone With The Wind' of trash films, and on October 3rd o... read more

The new NT Live season

16th September 2014
The new NT Live season

Gillian Anderson delivers her Blanche DuBois in the sellout stage production of A Streetcar Named Desire, part of the brand new National Theatre Live season here at... 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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