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Where to Watch Films - Birmingham

1 July 2019 | Kate Plummer

Calling all cinephiles! If a trip to the talkies is your ideal way to while away a few hours then we’re here to help. As much as we salute the mighty multiplexes of the UK with their excellent variety of the bright new cinematic offerings, sometimes you want something a little bit different from a movie night. So whether you’re into big blockbusters, indie inspiration, new filmmakers, documentaries, live events or silver screen classics, these venues all offer something a little something extra than just a bag of popcorn. 

The Mockingbird Cinema and Kitchen
One of the gems found in the creative hub that is Birmingham’s iconic Custard Factory, The Mockingbird boasts status as both a fully independent cinema showcasing the best in film from the mainstream to indie releases and everything in-between. With cheap movie nights for classic and cult movies, as well as boozy brunch and film combo events where you can have your bubbles before settling in for a crowd-pleaser such as Mean Girls, there’s a real sense of community and joy for cinema. Add to this their kitchen with a mouth-watering menu in the form of tasty burgers, chicken n waffles and all the favourites, with 20% off your bill if you’re staying to see a film, and you’ve got the formula for perfect movie night. 


Image credit: Everyman Cinema Birmingham via Facebook 
Everyman Mailbox Birmingham
If you’re looking for the full escapist film night experience, then an Everyman is always the answer. This boutique chain is the ideal place for a visit to unwind with a good mix of the latest blockbusters and indie hits meaning there’s something for all tastes. As well as getting lost in a good film, Everyman is known for hosting filmmaker Q&A’s, documentary screenings and live event broadcasts, bringing the rest of the UK’s cultural scene to Birmingham’s doorstep. A big bonus for us is the comfy sofa seating and the option to enjoy your chosen film with a glass of wine and, depending on your views of eating in the cinema, a selection of delicious grub served to your seat.  

The Electric 
Not just the first cinema to bring the silver screen to Birmingham, The Electric is the oldest working cinema in the UK, harking all the way back to 1909 and the world of silent movies. Luckily, it’s changed with the times and is now home to a mix of mainstream, independent, world cinema and all-time classics befitting of its history, including their Cinematic Time Machine screenings of cult favourites. Thanks to cosy sofas and their very own bottled Electric Ale available at the well-stocked bar, The Electric is a great mix of modern cinema with that touch of old school luxury. ​​​​​​​


Image credit: Midlands Arts Centre - MAC via Facebook ​​​​​​​
Midlands Art Centre
The Midlands Arts Centre is an extremely popular multipurpose venue just outside Birmingham city centre. Since 1962, it has aimed to be a cultural hub, bringing together all sorts of events under one roof. Founded with the specific aim of introducing young people to theatre, the Midlands Art Centre (or Mac for short) continues to run an impressive programme aimed at a diverse audience, but with a specific emphasis on arts education for children and young people. Their cinema is no exception: hosting a very varied programme, including new releases, documentaries, art house films, and live theatre, there is something for everyone in this lively space. 
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