SP0686 : The Electric

taken 1 year ago, near to Birmingham, Great Britain

The Electric
The Electric
The Electric Theatre was opened as a cinema on 27th December 1909 in the centre of Birmingham and is said to be the oldest working cinema in Britain. It was designed by the architect Bertie Crewe.

In 1921 it was re-named Select Cinema and in 1937 became the Tatler News Theatre, having been given a new facade designed by architect Cecil E.M. Fillmore. In the 1950s it became the Jacey Cartoon Cinema.

During the 1960s the cinemas programming policy and name changed to the Jacey Film Theatre and specialised in showing "continental" (pornographic) films. In the 1970s it became part of the Classic chain of cinemas and maintained its "continental" film programme. It was at this time that a second screen seating 78 was added.

In the 1980s under a change of ownership and another change of name it became known as the Tivoli Cinema. After another change of ownership in 1993 it reverted to being the Electric Cinema. The owners went into liquidation in December 2003. The property was put up for sale but, because of a Preservation Order, which prevented it being converted into offices or apartments, its destruction was prevented.

In the summer of 2004 the lease of the Electric Cinema was sold, the new owner's intention being to use it as a recording studio. However, the new owners became so enamoured of the building it was decided the interior be restored, the old features being retained, but with the technical innovations of the 21st century installed.

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SP0686 : The Electric (nameboard).
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Date Taken
Friday, 3 March, 2017   (more nearby)
Sunday, 16 July, 2017
Geographical Context
Sport, Leisure  Business, Retail, Services 
Date (from Tags)
1909  1921  1937  1993  2003  2004 
Person (from Tags)
Bertie Crewe  Cecil E M Fillmore 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SP 0699 8653 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:28.5993N 1:53.9109W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SP 0698 8657
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South-southeast (about 157 degrees)
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