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The best cinemas in Birmingham

Whether you're after a bit of "me" time or a date night is on the cards, Birmingham's cinemas have a venue fit for every occasion

Written by
Kayleigh Watson

Britain’s second city isn’t short on silver screens, but these ones are extra-special. How so, we hear you cry? Well, between them, they cover a whole lot of history, a dash of romance, epic grandeur, and a bit of fun - nevermind some incredible food and drink. 

Whether you’re searching for a slick arthouse outing, a cute date-night setting, endeavour to support your independent venue, or are instead on a quest for something a little bit different, Birmingham delivers in ticking many a box. 

Plus, if you fancy heading elsewhere afterwards, you’d do well to check out one of these first-class Birmingham bars – or even start working your way through the best pubs in Birmingham.

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Best cinemas in Birmingham

The Electric

Best for history

With an 112 year-old history, The Electric is the oldest working cinema in the UK, and to say its return has been anticipated is quite the understatement. Treasured in Birmingham, the venue found itself in some pandemic-induced hard times, but has recently been acquired by a new owner and finally reopened it in all of its glory. Film fans can expect Hollywood and independent numbers (both digital and 35mm) and - as you’d expect - it’s a great place for reissues of classic films.


Best for dates

The dimly lit bar and air of extreme cool, as well as the comfy sofa seats, make the Everyman ideal. The programme is largely mainstream, though it has a touch of indie colour. But with food delivered to your seat and a well-stocked bar, it’s the sense that you’re getting more than just a movie that makes nights out there feel special.

Mockingbird Cinema

Best for independent

Set in a courtyard of good company, Mockingbird sits at the heart of Birmingham's iconic Custard Factory. With fellow independent venues including NQ64, Chance and Counters, Stag Barbers and its closest neighbour Sobremesa, at the Mockingbird you’ll be able to find an eclectic film programme plus a community to keep you floating about the courtyard. With secret screenings, private affairs as well as outdoor events in the summer, it is a key supporter of the local independent arts scene: long may it continue.

Best for epic proportions

Sitting pretty over on the East side of Birmingham’s city centre, it is hard to miss Millennium Point. A relatively recent addition, the behemoth of a building is home to the second city’s science museum, ThinkTank, as well as part of Birmingham City University. A lesser known secret, however, is its IMAX screen; set in a grand auditorium with a curved floor-to-ceiling screen, the impressive space hosts events including film screenings. Keep an eye out for seasonal and themed events including interactive wine, movie and trivia evenings.


Best for a quirky experience

As is now tried and tested lore, the COVID-19 pandemic wreaked havoc in the arts sector, with cinemas being one of the hardest hit. Initially founded during the 2020 lockdowns and weathering the storm, Friendly Neighbourhood Cinema is a pop up experience that brings screenings with a twist to a variety of venues. From Kings Heath to Stourbridge, the Friendly Neighbourhood team bring life to forgotten spaces including breweries, churches, warehouses, and The Kingsway, which last hosted screenings in 1979! Pop along for a bit of fun and a bit more gin.

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