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ELECTRIC CINEMA IN BIRMINGHAM

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Total number of signatures: 24

Burden, Richard Caton, Martin Crausby, David Cryer, Ann
Devine, Jim Dismore, Andrew Flynn, Paul Godsiff, Roger
Hamilton, David Hancock, Mike Hemming, John Hepburn, Stephen
Hopkins, Kelvin Hoyle, Lindsay Jenkins, Brian Jones, Lynne
Leech, John Mahmood, Khalid Meale, Alan Pope, Greg
Prentice, Gordon Simpson, Alan Watson, Tom Wyatt, Derek

That this House recognises the value of independent cinemas to the cultural and social life of local communities; celebrates the continued success of Britain's oldest working cinema, The Electric in Birmingham; notes that on 2 December 2009 a centenary celebration is taking place for the cinema that started life as a silent movie theatre, became a news theatre during the Second World War and succumbed to dereliction in 2003; further congratulates proprietor Mr Thomas Lawes who has lovingly restored the cinema to its former Art Deco glory whilst preparing it for the new age of digital content; and calls on the Government to confirm its support for independent cinemas which are a vital part of Britain's cultural film heritage.