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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


Mirage Men

March 29, 2014 @ 5:30 pm - 7:15 pm

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Dir. John Lundberg / USA 2013 / 85 min Cert (PG)* This engagingly deadpan documentary flips the script on UFO conspiracy theories, positing that the US intelligence services found it convenient during the 60s and 70s to encourage these beliefs as a cover for their more clandestine activities. Stirring mutilated cattle, Apache folk tales and […]

Mind Bombs

March 25, 2011 @ 10:30 pm - 11:55 pm

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Dir: Various Running Time: 70 mins Recommended Certificate: 12A Morphing, pulsating psychedelia seems to be back in a big way. Young animators have picked up the gauntlet from Bruce Bickford (see Flatpack 4) and Pink Floyd visuals, and carefully melted that gauntlet with various 21st century tools. Highlights of tonight’s lysergic feast include the award-winning […]

Travelling Picture Show – grand finale

October 26, 2009 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

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  The end is in sight. After a summer spent trundling the region, the family film caravan which we call the Travelling Picture Show is making its way back into Birmingham in a shower of confetti and knitted mice. To mark this occasion the Electric cinema is hosting a special gala screening for all ages, […]