Flatpack Festival
Film for all the senses


Birmingham's Cinema Stories

Wonderland is a project mapping the city’s picture-palaces past and present and exploring the stories associated with them - from fairground film shows right up to the birth of the multiplex and beyond. With a team of partners and volunteer researchers, we’ve been looking at how cinema has shaped the streets, social lives and dreams of Brummies over the past century.

Our 2022 Wonderland highlights include an exhibition at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery exploring a treasure trove of objects and stories from collections, archives and the people of Birmingham – your memories have brought Wonderland to life.

Birmingham’s cinema story is far from over. There’s plenty more to come from Wonderland, starting with our new Wonderland website, a place to peruse photographs of your childhood cinema, find out how the buildings are used today and share your own movie-going memories. We have around twenty cinemas on there at the moment (and we’re working on the other 130+).


Wonderland is presented by the Birmingham 2022 Festival, supported by Arts Council England and the National Lottery Heritage Fund and produced by Flatpack.


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A photograph of the Elite cinema in 1974, with a big poster for 1973 Hindi film Chalaak out front.

Wonderland PhD

Ian Francis
Monday 23rd October, 2023 Posted by Ian Francis

Wonderland Volunteers Wanted

Monday 23rd January, 2023

Interview with Doaly

Wednesday 12th October, 2022

Wonderland Miniatures

Tuesday 30th August, 2022

The Waldorf Revival

Wednesday 3rd August, 2022

Latenight Tales with Cecil Morris

Ian Francis
Tuesday 21st June, 2022 Posted by Ian Francis

12 Days of Flatpack (2021)

Thursday 16th December, 2021

Share your cinema stories!

Ian Francis
Wednesday 8th December, 2021 Posted by Ian Francis

Wonderland: Research Volunteers Wanted!

Ian Francis
Tuesday 14th September, 2021 Posted by Ian Francis


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