Electric Cinema

47-49 Station Street,
Birmingham, B5 4DY

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Robbie25646
Robbie25646 on September 7, 2012 at 10:27 am

I used to visit the Jacey as a kid 1954 to 1959 ish on a Saturday morning pending my pocket money there wonderful memories.

Mike_Blakemore
Mike_Blakemore on September 30, 2011 at 8:34 pm

The Classic company did not carry on with the continental programmes . They tried 2nd run. When Cannon bought out ABC. They then got the Futurist.. ABC New Street and Bristol Road. They then sold the lease to “Theatre One Coventry… They then sold lease to Elephant Films..

woody
woody on November 3, 2009 at 8:48 am

photo taken around 2005 of the derelict facade
http://www.flickr.com/photos/woody1969/63364702/
and photo of the rear showing the TATLER painted sign
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keiths
keiths on November 3, 2009 at 8:34 am

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uLsqhNnMMO4

Take a look at this, to see the technology in place during 2000. A film by Fred J.Fullerton, which will be of interest to ‘techies’ everywhere.

Ian
Ian on October 21, 2009 at 4:19 am

Two interior shots of the lower (main) screen at the Electric, taken in October 2009:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/stagedoor/4031615014/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/stagedoor/4031614858/

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 6, 2009 at 10:07 pm

The Electric Cinema can be seen in this 2008 photo.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 19, 2007 at 10:17 pm

This is another photo of the Electric Cinema.

shylos10
shylos10 on June 13, 2007 at 9:22 am

Rumour has it that the basement of the cinema was used as a makeshift morgue during the war. The word “Hospital” is still there painted it large red letters and very very faded.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 25, 2006 at 12:46 pm

Here is a B/W photo of the Electric Cinema in Birmingham.

KenRoe
KenRoe on January 17, 2006 at 4:13 pm

Here are a couple of photos of the bizarre (but eyecatching) facade of the Electric Cinema as it looked in the 1990’s:
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KenRoe
KenRoe on October 18, 2005 at 4:11 pm

A nice exterior photograph of the recently restored Electric Cinema taken in October 2005:
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KenRoe
KenRoe on March 4, 2005 at 7:39 am

The address of the Electric Cinema is 47 Station Street. It opened on 27th December 1909, the architect was well known theatre architect Bertie Crewe. It was a conversion of premises that had been used as a hansom cab depot and at the time it was described as ‘attractive and cosy’. Red plush tip-up seats were provided for 376 patrons on a single sloping floor.

When Jacey Cinemas took control in 1936 they re-built the Station Street facade. The architect was Cecil E.M. Fillmore and the scheme included the installation of a balcony and the re-positioning of the projection box into the balcony level. It re-opened on 20th March 1937 as the Tatler News Theatre and had a seating capacity of 399. The style had been changed from Edwardian to Art Deco.

It was in 1980 when Classic Cinemas were operating the building that they gutted and split the auditorium, creating a twin cinema seating 242 and 105. Nothing remains inside of any of the decorative features of the building.

woody
woody on March 4, 2005 at 7:16 am

does anything of the original interior survive? when i last went in the early 90’s the interior seemed very modern and bland. Even if the building dates from 1909, if its a modern interior you cant really compare it to visiting such well preserved Edwardian time capsules as the Duke of Yorks in Brighton, Electric or Gate in Notting Hill or Electric in Harwich.
NB.on the rear of the building you can still faintly see the painted TATLER name