Bat fest an Electric idea.
Byline: GRAHAM YOUNG
HOLY Zimmer frames! The life of the 75-year-old Batman is being celebrated at the UK's oldest working cinema this weekend.
Now itself aged almost 105, The Electric Cinema on Station Street is staging a festival of fun to commemorate Batman reaching the three-quarters of a century mark.
The first headline screening from 6.15pm tonight is Tim Burton's Batman (15), which reinvented the caped crusader with Michael Keaton in the starring role and Jack Nicholson as his grinning nemesis The Joker. I remember queues round the block when this opened in 1989 at the then Futurist Cinema on John Bright Street.
Next up, Batman Returns (15) at 9pm, followed by an 11pm screening of Joel Schumacher's Batman & Robin (PG), starring George Clooney, Chris O'Donnell and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Showing today from 2.30pm and from 11.30am tomorrow is a less well known animation from 1993 called Batman: Mask Of The Phantasm (PG).
On Saturday from 1.30pm there's a chance to see Adam West in Batman: The Movie (U, 1966) which will feature an introduction from Professor Will Brooker, author of The Uses and Meaning of Batman from 1939-99. There are also two more screenings on Sunday.
Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight (12A) is on from 4pm tomorrow and 10.30pm on Sunday, when an earlier screening of Batman Begins (12A) from 7.30pm will make a great double bill.
To make sure your weekend is complete, there will be Batman themed cocktails, cakes, Batman goodies to give away and even an opportunity to have a picture of yourself and your Boy Wonder of choice climbing up the Birmingham skyline!
The whole weekend is being supported by Comics 4 Causes, a not-for-profit charity dedicated to raising money through comic book-themed events.
C4C formed out of the oldest comic book store in Britain - Birmingham's famous Nostalgia and Comics - and this year they are raising money for Birmingham Children's Hospital.
Jack Nicholson as the Joker in |Tim Burton's Batman in 1989