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Birmingham’s Hidden Spaces


Image: The former Odeon Queensway cinema – one of the spaces featured in the exhibition

Here at GRIN we like to keep an eye out for what’s new in Birmingham, whether that’s the latest trendy cocktail bar or somewhere we can grab a good old burger. However, last week, a few members of the GRIN team took a trip down memory lane at one of the events hosted by Birmingham’s Hidden Spaces – exhibitions and events held around the city, showcasing the hidden gems of the city and it’s architectural heritage.

With all of the futuristic architecture and the vast development going on in and around Birmingham, these exhibitions aim to show a different side of Birmingham, and quite frankly it’s a refreshing blast to the past learning about what once graced the presence of our fabulous second city.


Image: Basement beneath Piccadilly Arcade where the exhibition took place

The exhibition we attended was titled “Director’s cut: recapturing the lost traces of Birmingham’s cinema heritage”, which was held in a fantastic space underneath Piccadilly Arcade, a space you or I wouldn’t have even taken a second thought that it even existed. The basement beneath the arcade gave the exhibition atmosphere and as it’s usually disused, there was a real “pop up” feel to it.

Items exhibited were photography, information and timelines of Birmingham’s impressive history of cinema, showing the viewer through photography of how cinemas of the past. Images included rare pictures from inside the abandoned ABC cinema New Street, the abandoned Odeon Queensway and behind the scenes at the UK’s oldest working cinema, the Electric.

Get yourself down to one of the upcoming events or click here to visit the Hidden Spaces website for more information.