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VENUE: The Electric Cinema

Established in 1909, the Electric was the first cinema in Birmingham and is today the oldest working cinema in the UK. The Electric provides a unique setting for film viewing: choose a film from the great variety on offer and sit back to enjoy with handmade cakes, coffee, or something a bit stronger, from the art deco bar.

Screen one and ground floor are wheelchair accessible. (Venue will provide ramp for wheelchair access up the main steps)

Unfortunately there is no wheelchair access to Screen Two, on the first floor.

Did You Know… The Electric has gone by many other names, including: Tivoli, Tatler News Theatre and Jacey Cartoon TheatreAt one point it was even an amusement arcade!



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The Strange Little Cat

March 28, 2014 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Dir. Ramon Zurcher / Germany 2013 / 72 min Cert (12A)* This one-of-a-kind domestic drama marks the arrival of a refreshing talent in Swiss-born filmmaker Ramon Zurcher. He describes his debut as ‘a horror film without any horror,’ and by carefully choregraphing the movements of an extended family within a Berlin apartment The Strange Little […]

Piercing Brightness

March 30, 2013 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Dir: Shezad Dawood, UK 2012, 76 mins  Cert: 12A Preston is a hot spot for UFO sightings, and also has the UK’s fastest-growing Chinese population. Such local trivia provided the starting point for artist Shezad Dawood when he was developing a project in the town, and the end result is this woozy, socially-conscious science fiction […]

The Name’s not Bond

March 23, 2013 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

The Name’s not Bond: the future of independent British films New British Cinema Quarterly is a distribution initiative with the aim to connect British audiences with independent British films and filmmaking talent. NBCQ presents a panel celebrating a new era in our rich British film culture whilst asking – how do we sustain homegrown talent […]