Not sure what to see on your cinematic adventure or looking for a new movie experience? Here are some of the important things you need to know about cinema in Birmingham before you check the listings near you:
Birmingham has plenty of different cinemas to choose from when you’re planning an evening out. There are nearly 30 cinemas across the city where you can catch the latest big-name movies or settle in to watch independent under-the-radar films. Choosing the best cinema in town will boil down to what you want to see and what setting you want to enjoy your movie in.
A favourite of Groupon users with oh-so-nearly five stars is The Mockingbird Cinema and Kitchen, combining two locals’ favourites – Birmingham’s amazing food scene, and the chance to sit down in front of one of your favourite films while you eat.
Tucked away in the Custard Factory Complex, The Mockingbird serves up every film with fusion cuisine and classic pub food. They show everything from the latest mega hits to time-honoured classics like The Goonies. As much as you’re showing up for the film, though, you’re showing up for the experience too. Always a great bet for some of the best cinema deals in Birmingham. Why not combine your cinema visit with a booking at one of the city’s best restaurants too for the perfect date night?
Movie stars who hail from Birmingham include:
· Beryl Ivory/Baxter
· Margaret Leighton
· Raymond Huntley
· Alan Napier (who played Alfred in the 1960s Batman TV series)
· Pauline Grant
It may not quite have the glamorous Hollywood atmosphere, but you’d be surprised by some of the big name films that have been shot in Birmingham, and one in particular is testament to the city’s part in the history of film.
Yes. Every year, the world of cinema descends on Birmingham for a celebration of all things film related and some of the best nights out in the city. The Birmingham Film Festival includes screenings, events and glitzy awards ceremonies rewarding the best short films, documentaries, screenplays and music videos.
The Phoenix Cinema has been around for over a century. Old schmold, right? I mean, in London I seem to be surrounded by thousand year old buildings so, in comparison, 100 years doesn’t seem all that impressive.
Glasgow has a busy film-making community and is home to several film and television production studios. As the hub of Scottish film, it takes its cinema responsibilities seriously - as well as the many mainstream multiplexes, there’s an array of independent cinemas screening a wide range of indie films from student to foreign. This is a city where you'll never be stuck for something to watch.