Exhibition Reveals Birmingham's Lost Cinema Heritage


A unique photographic exhibition, hosted in the hidden basement of Piccadilly Arcade, has revealed some of the lost traces of Birmingham's rich cinema heritage. The exhibition, which opened on 6 June and runs until Sunday 14 June, is part of Birmingham's Hidden Spaces: Unlocked 2015, a month-long festival of events, which aims to reveal the fascinating secrets hidden behind the facades of Birmingham.

 


The exhibition, entitled 'Director's Cut', is the brainchild of Associated Architects and displays a stunning collection of Birmingham Post photography. It forms part of the wider Love Architecture programme of events being organised by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

The exhibition is hosted in the basement of the Piccadilly Arcade, itself one of the city's first purpose built cinemas, operating until 1926. It celebrates some of Birmingham's many claims to fame in the world of cinema, such as the invention of celluloid in the Jewellery Quarter and the beginnings of the Odeon chain in Perry Barr. It also offers a glimpse into two of the city’s lost cinemas, sad and vacant, yet still remaining right under our noses in the city centre.

Steve Townsend, co-creator of Birmingham's Hidden Spaces and Architect at Associated Architects said:

There are so many fascinating spaces behind the facades of Birmingham and they all have a story to tell. They connect us in some way with the city’s history, a forgotten time or a significant moment that shaped the city of today.

Birmingham has a long and impressive history in the world of cinema, with a number of the pioneers in the early years of cinema having roots in the city. This exhibition uncovers some of the remaining traces of this impressive heritage and we hope it will get people excited about Birmingham and its many achievements.



The exhibition is open daily from 10am-4pm until Sunday 14 June 2015 in the basement of Piccadilly Arcade, via the entrance on Stephenson Street. Visit www.hidden-spaces.co.uk for further information or follow HiddenBrum on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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