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Exclusive offer at Annexe restaurant for Electric Cinema customers

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

We’re partnering with Birmingham restaurant Annexe for our Cinematic Time Machine finale this December, but the owners of Annexe want to also offer a special deal t... read more

Shock & Gore 2017 now open for entries

25th November 2016
Shock & Gore 2017 now open for entries

 2017 will see our Shock & Gore festival celebrate its seventh year in existence, and as ever we'll be hosting our annual competition to find the most exciting and ... read more

Our year long Cinematic Time Machine wraps up with the 2000s

2nd November 2016
Our year long Cinematic Time Machine wraps up with the 2000s

It's been a year of classics and cinematic masterpieces, and this winter The Cinematic Time Machine season finally wraps up, a season of seminal films from across t... 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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