BBC news ran a good piece on the history of the Electric Cinema on Station Street in yesterday’s new bulletins. If you missed it you can watch it here.
Tom Lawes – who now owns the building – lists some of the key parts of the history on his website:
1909 On the 30th of December the cinema shows its first performance.
1922 Renamed ‘Select Cinema’.
1931 On the 14th of November the cinema closed and became an amusement arcade.
1937 The building added a gallery upstairs (now screen 2) and becamethe 399 seat Tatler News Theatre
Jon Bounds wrote about their early 100th Birthday bash last month, saying
A real treat was footage of the re-opening of the cinema as a ‘Tatler News Theatre’ in the early 30’s — these showed newsreels and cartoons and locally shot news. The archive was found in a shed on the roof during work in the 70s and must contain a load of local Brum footage
Tom is always looking for more information on the history of what is now Britain’s oldest working cinema. To contact him please take a look at www.theelectric.co.uk.
Thanks to Created in Birmingham for linking to the BBC story.