2015 Screenings

Celluloid City

Aston Hippodrome. Image courtesy Jean Turley


Sunday, 22 March 2015




Barber Institute of Fine Arts



The birthplace of celluloid and the Odeon circuit, Birmingham has always had a fondness for movie-going. During the 1940s the city boasted over 100 cinemas, from backstreet fleapits to glittering picture-palaces, and later it was the launchpad for South Asian cinema in the UK. As Flatpack prepares to embark on a journey exploring this unique history, the Barber Institute plays host to an afternoon of free screenings and activities allowing you to whizz through a century of cinema-going. Ingredients will include:

  • A taste of silent cinema, with pianist Paul Shallcross accompanying a selection of classic comedy shorts;
  • Cultural historian Rajinder Dudrah (University of Manchester) and guests revisit the birth of the Eastern Film Society and the early impact of Bollywood in Birmingham;
  • Free screenings throughout the afternoon including The Last Projectionist, which recounts the shape-shifting history of the Electric Cinema.

Presented by Flatpack Film Festival in partnership with Arts & Science Festival