Roving film explorers Flatpack Projects are embarking on their biggest adventure yet, working with a team of volunteer researchers and Birmingham Museums Trust to map all of the city's 150+ cinemas - from fairground beginnings to streamlined Odeons, from South Asian extravaganzas to today's pop-ups and outdoor film shows.
Wonderland will explore how cinema has shaped the streets, social lives and dreams of Brummies over the past 125 years. The display will showcase unseen photographs and cinema memorabilia, alongside historic magic lanterns and optical toys from Birmingham's Collection. A unique 3D map created by Space_Play will set the scene for a treasure hunt across the city, and visitors can get involved by sharing their own cinema-going memories, watch film screenings or take part in drop-in activities.
Wonderland is presented by the Birmingham 2022 Festival, produced by Flatpack Festival with Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. It is supported by Arts Council England and the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
Lead image credit: Tatler 1937. Image courtesy of John Neville Cohen.