Erskineville’s iconic Imperial Hotel aims to become a premiere destination of LGBTI weddings after a $3 million renovation.

Made famous in the film The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, the pub is set to introduce new facilities including a restaurant, wedding grotto and reception facility, The Daily Telegraph has reported.

Co-owner Fraser Short said the wedding grotto will be a space for weddings, bachelor and bachelorette parties and engagement celebrations.

“We think the venue would make a great wedding destination,” he said.

The hotel has long been known for its drag and cabaret nights, and is known as Erskineville’s “grand old dame” or “the Impy”.

A property adjoining the pub has been purchased as part of its massive transformation.

Short said the Imperial Hotel team felt obliged to retain the venue as a space for the LGBTI community to be themselves in a safe environment.

Performers have already expressed interest in appearing at the new Imperial Hotel.

Short said he hoped the venue would be open in time for next year’s Sydney Mardi Gras.

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