Birmingham is home to a number of independent cinemas. From one of the country’s oldest movie theatres to hip and trendy screenings and cultural events. There are four that are truly special, however, and continuously up their game to satisfy film-hungry audiences. Be it films ranging from old staples from the yesteryears to the latest blockbuster smashes, we’ve rounded up the best places to catch your favourite movies in Birmingham/
1. The Electric
They say the classics never go out of style. The Electric is known as the “oldest working cinema” in the UK, so you’ll certainly take in clippings of history as you enter its Station Street domain. Its charm has been retained, having opened in December 1909, with some restoration works performed in 1937. It now boasts luxury service to those with tickets to the rear sofas. It even hosts private bookings and weddings in its ancient walls. Just think, film buffs! You could get married in the oldest cinematic grounds this country can offer, which has seen all kinds of historic films slot into their projectors, from Metropolis (1927) to Parasite (2020).
2. Mockingbird Cinema
Like many great independent cinemas, Mockingbird has nailed the culinary side of going to the pictures. This spot offers fine cuisine when you head into their vaults. From popcorn to popcorn chicken to vegan “(not) meatballs”, Mockingbird will ensure you enjoy the movie well-fed. New films and the classics are shown at its Custard Factory based screens – and, if that wasn’t enough, 2020 has brought with it Mockingbird Saturday brunches. Enjoy some pancakes, bottomless beverages and some throwback films to kick off your weekends.
3. Everyman Mailbox
Everyman Mailbox Birmingham interweaves popular film with a transcendental level of sofa comfort. Service to your couch seats comes from Spielburgers, the cinema’s partner that combines dining with leisurely film screenings. With a host of food items, you’re spoilt for choice in both feeding and filming on Wharfside Street. Kick back on the sofa, feeling at home as you watch Oscar winners, chick flicks, psych thrillers and much more.
4. Midlands Arts Centre
This Cannon Hill Park complex boasts a flurry of cinema screenings, workshops, live music and more. With a host of film showings, along with all the other activities, you could easily spend a whole day at the Midlands Arts Centre. A cultural hub and somewhere to kick back, relax and scratch multiple itches. Its range of events is constantly updated and the dynamic list of movies is enough to keep you coming back for more.
So whatever you’re in the mood next you want to watch a film. Be it cinematic classics or cheesy rom-coms, know that Birmingham has you covered. And we always advise supporting you local independent cinemas!