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Kenneth Branagh Theatre live

26th November 2015
Kenneth Branagh Theatre live

The first season of the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company Live promises an exceptional series of plays broadcast to cinemas from London’s Garrick Theatre over the cou... read more

Goblin perform Dawn Of The Dead live at Boxxed In Digbeth

29th October 2015
Goblin perform Dawn Of The Dead live at Boxxed In Digbeth

We are delighted to announce that Lunar Festival and The Electric Cinema's Shock & Gore night are teaming up on Thursday 29th October to present a very special cine... read more

The Batch does The Dane

15th October 2015
The Batch does The Dane

This autumn, Oscar nominee Benedict Cumberbatch returns to the stage as he takes on one of Shakespeare's most iconic creations - Hamlet, the Prince of Denmark, as d... 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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