81-91 John Bright Street,
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Started in 1914, the project, originally called the Majestic, was delayed because of wartime restrictions. It was bought out uncompleted in 1916 and eventually opened as the Futurist Theatre in July 1919 with "The Great Love". It was the first cinema in Birmingham to have screen curtains and was decorated with wall murals designed by Val Prince and carried out by artist Erskine Williams.
Always at the forefront of the city cinemas, the Futurist Theatre was the first to present the talkies in March 1929.
It was operasted for many years by Sol Levy. When the Grade Brothers (EMI) took over the Shipman & King circuit in the late-1960’s, the Futurist Cinema became part of the S & K circuit. The Futurist Cinema was twinned in 1981 with screen 1 holding 721 and screen 2 seating 234. It later became a Cannon cinema and closed in the 1990’s.
After lying derelict for a number of years, it was transformed into an ‘adult’ nightclub known as Spearmint Rhino.
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