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by Rebecca Kerrigan (subscribe)
Biomedical scientist/wannabe writer. Visit my linkedin profile at www.linkedin.com/pub/rebecca-steele/56/a58/b4
Published August 26th 2012
The UK's oldest cinema is well worth a visit
As the oldest working cinema in the country, you'd probably expect nothing special from The Electric if you compared it to other old cinemas; whilst many others are shabby and run down, or have been shut down and turned into pubs or shops, this gem of a place has managed to fight back from the brink several times over it's 103 year history.

It's current incarnation is as a successful independent cinema, housing 2 cinema screens and a bar. The Electric showcases not only the new blockbusters, but also independent movies, foreign films and occasionally puts on a classic film - the first old movie I saw at The Electric was Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho, which was much more chilling on the big screen than it is on TV!

It's the quirkiness of The Electric that keeps it's customers heading back time after time. Tickets are old style stubs, and both cinema screens have sofas named after famous actors (e.g. Dietrich, Valentino, Chaplin) which can be booked for £12.80 per person. This might seem expensive, initially, but the waiter service and extra comfort factor make it worthwhile. The snacks and beverage menus add a nice touch - I especially love the hummus, pretzels and ice creams. If you've grabbed yourself a sofa seat, just text the bar with anything you fancy from the menu and they'll bring it to you when it's ready. Plus, the cinema is fully licensed, so you can take a beer in to the film! Add to that home-made cakes and The Electric provides a brilliant evening at the cinema.
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Why? Want to watch the latest films on the comfort of a sofa, beer in hand? Visit The Electric.
When: Anytime
Phone: 0121 643 7879
Where: Birmingham City Centre
Cost: up to £12.80 per person
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