There’s something very special about the independent cinema. The multiplex is all well and good, but if you haven’t visited your local independent cinema then you need to a take a visit to one today. This article will take a look at 5 of the best independent cinemas within the Midlands.
The independent cinema provides a central hub for film lovers and cinephiles, with friendly staff always willing to give advice on the latest movie releases.
Electric Cinema, Birmingham. Address: 47-49 Station Street, Birmingham, B5 4DY.
Opening in 1909 and reportedly one of the oldest cinemas in the UK, the Electric Cinema has been showing the best releases in indie and world cinema ever since. Not only this but the cinema also hosts a number of events and screens old classics. Also housing the Electric Flix, a production company that make dramas, documentaries and musical promotions. The interior décor makes the experience very different to the modern multiplex.
Broadway, Nottingham. Address: 14-18 Broad Street, Nottingham, NG1 3AL.
With auditoriums designed by Paul Smith, the Broadway cinema really does look the part. Broadway boasts two bars, serving its own beer, and is suitable for all – with autism and dementia screenings and also screenings that you can take young children too, as well as U25 screening discounts. During the holidays, this cinema hosts training events for kids and teenagers to support the next generation of film maker. The cinema also hosts an annual sci-fi and horror film festival (“Mayhem”).
Lighthouse, Wolverhampton. Address: Chubb Buildings, Fryer Street, Wolverhampton, WV1 1HT.
Sadly, this is the only independent cinema within the Black Country. However, the venue also hosts a media centre which runs courses in animation and production. Not only does this venue show independent films but also hosts the only UK deaf led film and TV festival.
Phoenix Cinema, Leicester. Address: 4 Midland Street, Leicester, LE1 1TG.
The Phoenix Cinema was originally named Digital Media Centre and is ran by charity that attempts to bring art and film to a wide ranging audience. It shows a range of films from small micro budget films to blockbuster hits. The cinema also hosts a number of courses for adults and includes a bar café to chill in after or before the film.
The Kinema in the Woods, Lincolnshire Address: Coronation Road, Woodhall Spa, LN10 6QD.
This was the 68th cinema that opened in Britain in 1922. In fact, this is the only cinema that uses back screen projection, mainly due to the lack of room at the back of the auditorium. Instead of standard projection, the film is projected from the back, on to a mirror, which then flips the image. Another fact – until 1953, the first 4 rows of the screen did not have flip seats and had sought after deck chair style seats.
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