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At the Peake of her career

23rd March 2015
At the Peake of her career

If you missed Maxine Peake's powerful stage performance as Hamlet this year, never fear because late March sees The Electric present two recorded performances of Pe... read more

Going Beyond Clueless with Charlie Lyne

17th January 2015
Going Beyond Clueless with Charlie Lyne

Guardian journalist Charlie Lyne turns debut director with his new 90s teen movie doc Beyond Clueless, and he'll be visiting The Electric on Saturday 17th January f... read more

Win Birdman goodies

17th December 2014
Win Birdman goodies

Opening in cinemas on January 2nd, Alejandro González Iñárritu's new film Birdman is a marvellously weird comedy about a struggling actor, and we've got a special g... 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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