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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

Wall of sound

29th September 2015
Wall of sound

One of the biggest live tours in history hits the big screen this September, as we screen Roger Waters: The Wall on Tuesday 29th September, a concert film that goes... read more

A summer of cinema with BLOC Hotel Birmingham

31st August 2015
A summer of cinema with BLOC Hotel Birmingham

BLOC Hotel Birmingham have teamed up with the Electric Cinema to celebrate a summer of cinema with a fantastic opportunity to enjoy the latest film releases like an... 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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