The Instameet started at The Electric Cinema which is the UK’s oldest cinema. Taking full advantage of the behind the scenes access we were allowed in Screens 1 and 2 before we were split into two groups. The first group heading off to the Projector Room and my group went to the basement.
As well as being used for the cinema’s general storage the basement housed lots of interesting artefacts for us to photograph such as posters, props and also reels of adult films left behind by former owner adult film producer Barry Jacobs.
It was great to see all the Art Deco details some of which like the staircase up to Screen 2 were original and others that were inspired by the era such as the wallpaper in the foyer which was designed by Baz Lurhmann’s wife Catherine Martin for The Great Gatsby film.
We were due to have a tour of Birmingham’s lost cinemas but due to unforeseen circumstances our guide was unable to meet us however Annabell and Beth from Igers Birmingham gamely took us around the city centre and showed us the sites of the former Scala cinema and the faded Tatler Theatre sign at the rear of the Electric Cinema.
Here’s a selection of some of my photos from the day. To see what other people captured check out the hash tag #igb_meet_flatpack on Instagram.