Lobster Peninsula set to open in Birmingham’s Futurist Cinema following £700,000 revamp

Following a £700,000 revamp and renovation, a brand new seafood restaurant is set to breathe new life into Birmingham’s Futurist Cinema.

The owners of the restaurant were keen to maintain the historic features of the building’s architecture whilst also innovating the space.

The venue will now incorporate a private lounge, bar, separate restaurant, a spacious nightclub as well as a balcony bar where diners can enjoy cocktails.

The cinema dates back to the early 1900s and officially opened in July 1919, making it one of the oldest cinemas in the country as well as being the first cinema in Birmingham to screen “talkies” following the revolution of sound within cinema.

It stopped functioning as a cinema in the 1990s due to the rise of the multiplex cinema and then lay derelict for years, before being transformed into a lap dancing establishment in recent years.

Lobster Peninsula co-owner William Sui revealed to the Birmingham Mail that:

The previous lease holders had done a lot of work to hide the original features of the building so when we got the keys earlier this year it was looking very ugly.
We’ve done a lot of work to restore some of the features such as the high ceilings.
We have created a very big restaurant but even so we had to create a partition wall and section off the main cinema auditorium.

The high end seafood restaurant which will serve delectable sharing seafood platters of lobster, crab, creole fish, prawns, calamari, mussels, a catch of the day dish and also steak and chicken dishes.

Mr Sui added:

I grew up eating fresh seafood simply cooked. I’ve also spent a lot of time travelling in Portugal and the Mediterranean where you can get incredible seafood platters. Yes, we are not close to the sea in Birmingham but we will source absolutely the freshest fish - from the wholesale fish market.
The Mediterranean influence in evident in the Spanish restaurant style tiling on the bar but the design emphasis is very much on keeping the grandeur of the Futurist Cinema.

Lobster Peninsula will be the new neighbours to pizza restaurant The Stable, Caribbean-inspired Turtle Bay, Cherry Reds and Brewdog.

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