Hi Peter! Tell us a little bit about yourself…
My title at The Electric Cinema is Operations Manager. This is a role I have recently taken over but I have been here for over seven years as Assistant Manager and Bar Manager.
Describe your job in three words.
Fun, challenging and varied.
How did you first get into your role?
I studied Hospitality Business Management at UCB and had a background of working in restaurants and hotels. After I finished university I applied for a part time bar job that was advertised, I applied, and the rest is history.
Can you tell us something about The Electric that we might not know?
During World War Two the basement was used as an overflow morgue. A painted sign saying ‘Hospital’ is still on the wall.
What has been your favourite event from your time at The Electric?
Every year we have an event where we screen Withnail and I, which is my favorite film, but one year we had a Q & A with Richard E Grant and the director Bruce Robinson. I even got my DVD signed!
What is the one film you could put on that would always sell-out?
That would be The Room, although it isn’t my cup of tea, people love it and it is such a cult classic. It isn’t your average screening – people throw plastic spoons in their hundreds! (not so keen on the clean up)
What do you think Southside offers visitors from further afield?
It’s a great place to enjoy drinks, delicious food (especially the Chinese restaurants) but also to visit the Back to Backs, Birmingham Hippodrome and obviously, to pop in to see a film at The Electric.
What made you want to work in Birmingham?
While at university I met my now wife so I ended up staying in Birmingham and she didn’t let me escape back to Wales (I am originally from Cardiff). I now consider Birmingham to be my home.
What are your favourite things about working in Southside?
It’s very inclusive and multicultural. I like working in an environment where I get to meet people from all walks of life.
What does your average day involve?
An average day doesn’t really exist but I could be found designing cocktails, making sure the bar is stocked up, overlooking the programming of the films – also making sure everyone gets paid.
Favourite place to tuck into something nice to eat or enjoy a drink?
I am a big fan of the Chinese restaurants in Southside, my favourites being Look In, Peach Garden, Chung Jing and Dezhou Style Braised Chicken – the noodles really are something special.
What’s coming up at The Electric that we can look forward to?
I’m really looking forward to Star Wars and Christmas is around the corner so we always play the classics – a favorite of mine is The Muppets Christmas Carol. We’re also hosting a Love Actually Gin Tasting on 5th December and also the White Christmas with Wine screening on the 8th December.