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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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Some Past Events


Prometheus’ Garden & Other Twisted Tales

March 28, 2013 @ 9:00 pm - 10:45 pm

Dir: Bruce Bickford, USA 1988, 80 mins Cert: 15 Legendary underground animator Bruce Bickford is best known for his Frank Zappa collaborations, but in 1988 he took on a solo project for which he held complete control over. The resulting film is his 28 minute hallucinatory morphing claymation masterpiece which takes us on a trip […]

Four films by Peter Tscherkassky

February 2, 2007 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Austrian artist Peter Tscherkassky’s craft, which he calls ‘manufracture’, involves taking an existing film sequence and laboriously reprinting each frame in a darkroom. The film frame, sprocket holes and soundtrack are used as visual elements in their own right. Certain objects are highlighted with a laser-pointer. The results are astonishing, and hard to describe. This […]

Flatpack matinees

November 5, 2005 @ 12:00 am

By way of a warm-up for the Flatpack festival in January and as part of the Big Picture Weekend taking place across the city this November, 7inch will be whiling away a couple of afternoons at the recently-refurbished Electric cinema. SATURDAY 5 NOV 2pm: The Adventures of Prince Achmed (dir: Lotte Reiniger, Germany 1926, 66 […]