Era Cinema

Bordesley Green and Churchill Road,
Birmingham, B9

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Era Cinema

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Located in the east Birmingham suburb of Bordesley Green at the tram terminus. The Era Picture Playhouse opened in 1914.

Known as the Era Cinema from the 1940’s, it was closed on 21st March 1959 with Alec Guinness in “Bridge on the River Kwai” and Paul Henreid in “Pirates of Tripoli”. It was converted into a garage.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Jaiom on July 19, 2013 at 6:32 am

just up the road, wonder how much it would cost to make it into a cinema again

Richard Daniel Knight
Richard Daniel Knight on July 23, 2013 at 7:26 am

Hi Jalom,
can you give me the exact street address?


Mike_Blakemore on July 23, 2013 at 8:35 am

It is known as Bordesley Green… There is nothing left of the Building. I had the Capitol at Alum Rock so knew the site.. a frew yards to the right of the building is or was a Snooker hall

quellaverde on September 24, 2015 at 6:39 am

Jaiom, it would cost a small fortune; the cinema was flattened in February 1959. Whitacre’s Garage was build in its place, only to be knocked down and a filling station erected on the same corner between Bordesley Green and Churchill Road.

Mike, I’m afraid you’re confusing the Era Picture Playhouse – in the above photo – with the Elite Cinema, which was bombed into oblivion but never completely destroyed. Its ruin is still to be seen on the corner Bordesley Green/ Crown Road, 1,260 yards along The Green, going into town. The billiard hall is still there too.

Mike_Blakemore on September 24, 2015 at 10:17 am

@ quellaverde Yes you are right. Age… We used to own the Green Lane cinema as well

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