A revolution in dining and entertainment has come to the West Midlands town of Sedgley with the opening of the world’s very first ‘Baltiplex’ cinema and Indian restaurant.
The Baltiplex is brainchild of Entrepreneur and restaurateur Khalid Mahmood, who opened the six screen cinema/curryhouse in a glittering ceremony last Saturday. ‘It’s a perennial problem – do you go out and catch a movie or do you stay in with a takeaway? Well now you can do both.’ Said Khalid, ‘It’s been a long road, but this project has been so dear to my heart that I had to see it through despite the many planning objections.’
Diners at the Sedgley Baltiplex can enjoy the tastiest contemporary Indian Cuisine and the latest Hollywood blockbusters at the same time, in the comfort of the former 19th century All Saints’ Church – now renovated and decorated in a tasteful fusion of Indian and Black Country styles.
Mahmood is proud of his achievement, and keen to show what’s on offer. ‘We have a range of classic dishes on the menu, each designed to compliment a particular film genre. For example a sweet and creamy Korma for romcoms, a Jalfrezi for something equally hot and spicy – anything with Angelina Jolie basically, and for those who like their meals and movies to be a bit more action-packed, our infamous sprout Vindaloo – a student favourite.’
’This week you can watch Kate Winslet’s triumphant Revolutionary Road in the company of a tasty Chicken Tikka Bhuna, or enjoy a fiery King prawn Madras with the gritty war-time drama Defiance, with a side order of Daniel Craig for the ladies!’ He joked.
’Other highlights include our children’s matinee: Binky the Twinkle Fairy meets the Magic Forest with Bangalore Phall and for those who don’t like Indian food there’s a traditional chicken and chips accompanied by the 2001 Bollywood classic Bhalevadivi Basu starring Shilpa Shetty.’
While outwardly upbeat, Mahmood has refused to comment on the lawsuits he is said to have filed against other specialist restaurants in the area. ‘All I’m prepared to say to the owners of ‘PlexMex’, ‘Sci-Pie’ and the ‘SpaghettiWestern’ across the street is: I thought of it first!’
Baltiplex diners are advised to book early as tickets are selling out fast, the mango chutney supply is limited and the business is due to go into administration by April.
(Written 20 Jan 2009 with additional material by Ugi, Sauce and Jeni B)