UK’s oldest cinema reopens after ‘biggest existential crisis’ ever faced by the industry

The owner of the UK’s oldest cinema says the pandemic has created “the biggest existential crisis” ever faced by the industry.

The Electric in Birmingham dates back to 1909 but enforced closure at the start of the pandemic led to it remaining shut for almost 22 months before finally reopening to the public this week.

It was taken over last year by Kevin Markwick, who also owns The Uckfield Picture House in East Sussex. He’s worked in the industry for his whole life and has never feared for the future of cinema like he has over the past two years.