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The best cinemas in Birmingham

Date night? Bit of me time? Whatever the occasion, the very best cinemas in Birmingham have you covered


Whether you’re on a date, fancy an arthouse outing or are on a quest for the quirky, we’ve picked the right local cinema for your trip. Britain’s second city isn’t short on screens, but these three are extra-special. Why do they make our pick of the best cinemas in Birmingham? One’s made for romance, the second overflows with history, and the other serves incredible food and drink. Which, in our book, are the three most crucial cultural night-out criteria. 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


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.

The Electric

Best for history

Welcome to the oldest working cinema in the UK. There’s a wide array of live broadcasts on offer alongside Hollywood and independent films, plus historical tours. As you’d expect, it’s great for reissues of classic films, but has also moved with the times: there’s sofa seating available and waiter service you can access by text.


The Mockingbird Cinema and Kitchen

Best for personality

At the Mockingbird you’ll be able to find an eclectic film programme plus a good kitchen, craft beer and special events. There are boozy brunch screenings, too – it’s given in to the inevitable and programmed a number of singalongs – as well as outdoor screenings in its courtyard in the summer.

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