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  • Writer's pictureLouie Young

7 Magnificent and Unique Cinemas in Birmingham.

Looking for your next film night? These Birmingham cinemas will have you covered.

From the large cinema chains to the more quaint and intimate theatres, it is undeniable that Birmingham's cinema scene is one of the most unique in the country at the minute.

Birmingham is home to a star-studded line-up of brilliant cinemas the like of which Hollywood would be proud of. Yes, I'm talking everything from IMAX and 4DX screens with state-of-the-art facilities, to living room sequel theatres with the comfiest of sofas to kick back and relax in, and not forgetting iconic old-school theatres packed full of history . Showing everything from the latest Hollywood blockbusters to independent foreign language films to supporting small British films, there’s something for everyone at these incredibly beautiful cinemas in Birmingham.

1. Odeon New Street.

Located in the heart of the city centre in New Street, this Odeon has been opened (as a cinema) since the 1980s and before the transformation it was one of the most popular music venues in the city with the likes of Elton John, The Rolling Stones and The Beastie Boys having played there.

Odeon New St, PC: Louie Young

If you're looking for a quick and easy pit stop while you're shopping in Town, the Odeon's 8 screens will happily welcome you in at relatively cheap prices for one of the countries largest cinema chain. With sticky floors and small screens, it could be argued that this particular Odeon is in need of a makeover. There are better alternatives on this list but if you're on a budget and after Hollywood's latest releases, Odeon New Street is your go-to.

Address: 139 New St, Birmingham B2 4NU

Telephone number: 0333 014 4501

2. The Electric

Established in 27th December 1909, The Electric Cinema isn't just the oldest working cinema in Birmingham but the oldest in the UK. Located right next to Grand Central in the City Centre it's the perfect past time before you board your train.

The Electric Cinema, PC: Louie Young

Indulge in delicious unique cinema snacks whilst you watch a film, and treat yourself to a drink or two at the cinema’s in-house bar. Did I also mention that each screen has luxurious sofa chairs you can sit back and relax in? With all the latest UK releases, showing old classics and even hosting Director Q&As, The Electric has something for everyone.

Kevin Markwick – the owner of Picture House Cinema in East Sussex – took over management of this Birmingham cinema from Tom Lawes in 2021, saving it from the threat of closure following multiple COVID lockdowns.

Address: 47-49 Station Street, Birmingham B5 4DY, United Kingdom

Telephone number: 0121 643 7879

3. Mockingbird Cinema

Located in the heart of Digbeth, one of the cities go-to locations, in the Custard Factory is The Mockingbird Cinema. A quaint and intimate venue that offers screenings of old classics, like a Lord of the Rings marathon and also art house low budget films.

The Mockingbird Cinema, PC: Louie Young

Complimented with an in house bar and accompanied by plenty of surrounding bar and restaurants, The Mockingbird Cinema is certainly a hidden gem for Birmingham film fanatics! With special deals like £6.95 for every ticket Monday to Wednesday and offering a variety of membership deals, will The Mockingbird be your new go to place to watch a film?

Address: Custard Factory, The Custard Factory, Mockingbird House, Gibb St, Birmingham B9 4AA, United Kingdom

Telephone number: 0121 820 0439

4. Cineworld Broad Street

If you're a die hard movie fanatic, then Cineworld on Birmingham's busiest street is the cinema for you.

Cineworld shows everything from the latest major Hollywood blockbusters as well as Hindi and Bollywood pictures, dubbed and subbed anime meaning there's a little something for everyone. With parents being able to pay kid's prices with a family ticket, why not take your little ones for some peace and quiet as you enjoy the film they've been dying to see.

Cineworld Broad Street, PC: Louie Young

Boasting the only IMAX and 4DX screens in the city, Cineworld's motto is don't just watch a movie, feel part of one and you certainly do with these screens on offer. With a special 'unlimited' membership for £16.99 a month, cinema goers can see as many as films as they want whilst also getting a maximum of 25% off snacks and drinks. The membership also offers you a chance to see a cluster of early screenings, sounds like pretty good value to me! Don't feel like an 'ICEE' slush drink, fear not as the multiplex has on-site Starbucks you can enjoy.

Address: 181 Broad Street, Birmingham B15 1DA, United Kingdom

Telephone number: 0330 333 4444

5. MAC

Help keep alive your local independent cinema by grabbing a ticket at the Midlands Art Centre (MAC). The cinema only boasts one small screen but its intimate environment will leave you awe of the latest indie or British feature you've just seen. With a bar to compliment your watch, treat yourself to a glass of fizz or a selection of local lagers.

MAC Cinema, PC: Louie Young

With the MAC also being located in Canon Hill park, one of the biggest in the city, it seems to be the perfect family day out or perfect for a date night to then go and watch a film following a walk, picnic, or playground fun!

Address: Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham B12 9QH

Telephone number: 0121 446 3232

6. The Everyman

A visit to the Everyman is a unique experience that goes beyond the film you’re watching, making you feel like the ultimate VIP in its luxury setting. Located on Wharfside Street, just outside of the Mailbox, Everyman Cinema features three bespoke screens with luxurious sofa seats and armchairs.

With an in house bar and restaurant, the Everyman truly offers the ultimate date-night experience for local cinema goers to enjoy before or after your film of choice. With food and drink being bought in to you before the film starts, enjoy a range of burgers, deserts and snacks table side as you can put your feet up on your individual footrest.

Everyman Cinema, PC: Louie Young

The venue is also available for private hire, so whether you're after a press launch, screening with friends or just a memorable intimate experience The Everyman will accommodate to your individual needs.

It is a bit on the pricey side however for the services you are offered, it seems a no brainer to choose as your perfect venue to impress your other half with.

Address: The Mailbox, 116 Wharfside Street, Birmingham B1 1RF, United Kingdom

Telephone number: 0123 355 5642

7. Odeon Luxe Broadway Plaza

Finally, we have the Odeon Luxe which can be found at Broadway Plaza. It's the second Odeon on the list but it could be argued that it's a bit of an upgrade from the New St venue.

A fairly new take on cinema going with cocktails, hot dogs and pizza are part of a menu that's so irresistible that it's available for Deliveroo orders so you can enjoy a movie night at home with authentic cinema snacks.

Odeon Luxe, PC: Louie Young

With a Dolby Atmos screen, you'll be able to hear every detail compared to your typical auditorium and with Odeon's reclining, cushioned seats you'll never fear of being uncomfortable at the cinema ever again- although you need to make sure you don't fall asleep!

It could be argued that the Luxe is a tad on the expensive side but with accompanying bowling and mini-golf venues, it seems a no brainer to visit if you're after a jam packed day of fun.

Address: 220 Ladywood Middleway, Birmingham B16 8LP

Telephone number: 0333 014 4501

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