Gallery: Former Clifton Cinema reopens as restaurant

It once played host to stars of the silver screen in the heyday of Hollywood.


But now this grade II listed former cinema is making a comeback – as a new restaurant.

The Clifton Cinema, in Great Barr, attracted families, friends and couples from around the area after it was built in the 1930s.

It had a second existence as a bingo hall for more than 30 years but finally shuts its doors six years ago.

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But after being left in derelict state and at the mercy of vandals new owners has come into return the building to its glory days.

Thousands of pounds have been spent on the transformation and owner, Mohammed Mamunur Rashid, was keen to honour its art deco style. It has been renamed the Badshah Palace and will cater for hundreds of diners as a banqueting suite and restaurant.

Yet the former sign on the top of the building has remained in a nod to its history.

Inside its tiered seating has made way for a newly carpeted auditorium now complete with dozens of tables for diners. A large chandelier now takes centre stage lighting the vast high ceiling in the main hall of the cinema.

It has been re-painted in a brilliant white with golden colours used to pick out details around the walls and where the screen once was.

Glass panels now separate sections of the dining area. 

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The reception area has also been transformed with marble style flooring and columns.

Mr Rashid was given permission for a change of use to a conference and banqueting hall and to convert the upper balcony to a restaurant where once there was seating. And a mezzanine floor has now been constructed around each side of the dining area.

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