The Kingsway

The Kingsway

Essoldo Kings Heath

Built during the silent era to cater to the fast-growing suburb of Kings Heath, the Kingsway was designed by prolific Birmingham cinema architect Horace G Bradley. It became part of the Essoldo circuit in the late 70s, and then despite a local campaign to keep the doors open it screened its last film in 1980.

Three decades as a bingo hall followed, and then after a period of closure the building was badly damaged by fire in 2011. Now only the frontage survives, and the land out the back has become a craft market and music venue.

During the summer of 2020 it was one of the few places to screen films in Birmingham.

73 Kings Heath High St, Birmingham B14 7BH

Get your own mini Kingsway, created by Spaceplay. Visit the shop.

We’d love to hear about your film-going experiences in Birmingham. From memories of amazing screenings or communal experiences, to grand days out at the pictures or more personal recollections. How has visiting the cinema shaped your life, and your experience of our city?

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Only the frontage survives after a fire.

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