Hollywood or Bollywood? Art house or blockbuster? Birmingham cinema gives you film at its finest from spacious and welcoming multiplexes to the UK’s oldest working cinema.
For a night out at the movies there are plenty of great cinemas to choose from in Birmingham and the surrounding area.
Let’s start with the biggest. In the city centre there’s both a Cineworld and two Odeon's and you’ll find Vue over at Star City, one of the largest cinema complexes in the world with 30 different screens. In the Mailbox is the newly opened and luxurious Everyman cinema; here's our opinion. There’s also a nine-screen Cineworld in Solihull and a Showcase Cinema in the Black Country and they have recently opened their latest cinema at the NEC. The new cinema features 11 screens, including IMAX® as well as a Starbucks and Baskin Robbins – delivering a truly immersive cinematic experience.
Situated a stone’s throw away from Broad Street, Broadway Plaza’s Odeon is the UK’s only iSense screen offering floor-to-ceiling screens that also stretch wall-to-wall make for an eye-poppingly vivid experience and new ear tingling sound from Dolby® Atmos™ to bring you closer to the film. There’s also free car parking available for customers.
The magical Electric Cinema in central Birmingham is the oldest working cinema in the UK. Opened in 1909, the refurbished Electric is not short on home comforts with its luxury sofa seating, waiter service and full bar. What better way to enjoy independent and intelligent mainstream films. Plus they’ve real surprises now and then, such as old favourites like Jaws accompanied live by the Electric Cinema Film Orchestra. Visit their website where you can take a digital 360 degree tour of this beautiful building. The Electric also hosted a private birthday party for Katy Perry when she visited Birmingham in 2011. Find out the latest films showing at The Electric here.
At the Midlands Art Centre see the most compelling output from the world of art house; all in a fantastic venue that’s a real cultural melting pot. Just across town, the Piccadilly has the finest Asian cinema, while places like Cineworld or Vue at Star City also show a regular programme of Bollywood’s best.
Tucked away in the Custard Factory is a gem of a theatre/cinema space which has been waiting for its chance to shine.
It has already been the venue for some fantastic social cinema nights and festival performances, but now it is being polished up and relaunched as The Mockingbird Bar and Theatre whch features a packed programme of entertainment. With a 96-seated maximum capacity, it is an exclusive space which offers an intimate, atmospheric experience in live events and unconventional cinema.
A visit to Light House in Wolverhampton is highly recommended. It's an excellent spot to experience and further your understanding of visual media. Light House is an independent cinema as well offering media training courses, photography exhibitions, educational activities and conference spaces.
Birmingham has its own cinema festival. Each year, Flatpack Festival celebrates the wild frontier of film culture, presenting work in an eclectic array of unexpected spaces and places all centred on the shared experience of watching great cinema.
Check out the latest film festivals in the city here!
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