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.