Documentary centred around The Electric in Birmingham, the oldest working cinema in Britain, charting the history of independent cinema in the UK. Back when The Electric opened in 1909 it took up to five years to train a projectionist; in the modern era, it can take as little as one hour. The comparison highlights the extent to which technology has revolutionised film and the cinematic experience over the course of a century. Ultimately, the position of projectionist may disappear altogether as digital technology takes over from the 35mm film reel. The documentary traces the history of cinema in Britain through the story of The Electric, a theatre that began its lifespan showing silent films, was used to broadcast news and propaganda during World War II and was almost demolished before its restoration in 2004.