| The Mockingbird goes full-time at Birmingham’s Custard Factory, with food to suit the films and bargain screenings. |
Situated within Birmingham’s iconic Custard Factory, The Mockingbird Cinema and Kitchen offers a unique cinematic experience. It has had occasional screenings of cult favourites for a year but from Friday, November 18 it will launch as a full-time cinema, showing blockbusters straight from Hollywood.
It will open with Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them by Harry Potter writer JK Rowling, starring Eddie Redmayne and Colin Farrell. Anyone booking to see the 11am and 2.15pm screenings of the film will pay just £5.
Other tickets cost £9.50 or £7.50 for concessions, which compares to standard prices of £13.30 at the Everyman, £8.90 at The Electric and around £10.49 at Vue Cinema and £9.60 at Cineworld Broad Street.
Film lovers can relax within the creative hub of the city, enjoy some food and drink before watching a film in the 100 seat single screen cinema. There will be four screenings a day, seven days a week.
Long-established cinema refreshments like nachos, popcorn and sweets, will be available at the box office. But customers can also enjoy gourmet food – with regular offers on food and film to themed food and drinks for the film on show. It makes a visit to the cinema a memorable night out.
Anthony Duffy, the cinema’s co-owner and chef, has designed the specials menu and cocktail list to change with each major film.
For example, those coming to see Fantastic Beasts can dine on a ‘fantastic feast’ or search through the cinema’s library for a list of magical cocktails.
Anthony says: “We knew people wanted something a bit extra when we started putting on film nights with themed food and drinks.
“One of our biggest successes was hosting a sold-out screening of The Big Lebowski, where every customer got a White Russian and an In-N-Out Burger. We still get people emailing us asking if we’ll be putting on another event like it. Well, we’ll be doing it permanently now.”
James Brown, head of programming, says: “People love cinema, to go out, eat beforehand, buy snacks and enjoy a movie.
“We wanted to create the ultimate cinema experience with The Mockingbird that few other cinemas can offer.”
The bar will be open from 11am to 11pm Sunday to Thursday and until late on Fridays and Saturdays.