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Tickets now on sale for Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them

18th November 2016
Tickets now on sale for Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them

Tickets are now on sale for Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them (cert 12A) the hotly anticipated new chapter in the wizarding world of J K Rowling which begins sh... read more

The Electric Cinema is nominated for Cinema Of The Year

20th October 2016
The Electric Cinema is nominated for Cinema Of The Year

We're very pleased to announce that we've been nominated for Cinema Of The Year at the national 2016 Screen Awards, which take place in London on October 20th.

The... read more

The Cinematic Time Machine season hits the 1980s

31st August 2016
The Cinematic Time Machine season hits the 1980s

The Electric Cinema is currently hosting The Cinematic Time Machine, a year long season of seminal films from across the globe with support from the Film Hub South ... 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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