The Electric Cinema
A Birmingham institution which easily deserves a write-up all of its own.
We dare you not to fall in love with the art-deco styling, old-style cinema tickets and sofas named after Hollywood royalty - think Bogart and Dietrich.
This plush cinema was one of the first to provide an at-sofa waiter service for fizz and nibbles, which has now become the norm in modern-day pretenders.
But The Electric’s trump card, apart from boasting a wonderfully curated schedule where modern meets art, is that it is the oldest working cinema in the country. A fact that oozes through every element of your visit.
And more than just film, The Electric is well known for its themed film nights and events. From spooky to oscars, wine tastings and foodie nights to old Christmas movies - Home Alone has become one of our traditions (always sells out) and not just because they serve mulled wine and mince pies.
If you want to see the latest releases without feeling like you’re at a kids play arm then this might just be the cinema for you.
Food and drinks, including some impressive cocktails, get delivered to your sofa. But essentially, it’s the same schedule of films that you’ll get at all of the big chains.
If you are all about the art and you want to see something different - silent, foreign, cult, then this really is the place for you.
There are no sofas and no at-seat waiter service, although there is a fully stocked bar and cafe.
This venue is known for its one off screening events, film festivals and special showings. At the Mac, it’s all about the film.
Small but perfectly formed, the Mockingbird is like a cross between and indie music venue and an art-house. Set in the Custard Factory this little gem has a gritty personality all of its own.
This is where filmmakers come to show their no-budget labours of love in between the odd cult-classic like The Goonies or Footloose.
If you like your cinema with a side of grunge and a splash of rock and roll, then this is the place for you.