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Modern revamp underway at King's Lynn Corn Exchange

Modern revamp underway at King's Lynn Corn Exchange

Published by KLFM
6:00am 31st January 2020.

King's Lynn Corn Exchange won't just show live theatre (starting again in March) from the Summer.

Work has started to bring a new two screen cinema to the venue. 

As well as hosting regular live theatre, comedy and music in the main auditorium, visitors will be able to enjoy big screen releases in the upstairs cinema. 

corn exchange CINEMA SIDE VIEW
Courtesy of McFarlane Latter Architects

There will be special screenings for parent and babies, parent and toddlers, Silver Screenings (for over 60 year olds) and family screenings at the weekend.

Comprehensive work is already taking place inside and outside the building. 

The glazed roof is being replaced with acoustically sealed zinc panels. Repairs are being made to the Grade II listed stonework façade, gutters and flashings.

corn exchange GROUND FLOOR BOX OFFICE
Courtesy of McFarlane Latter Architects

A new floor will be put in the main foyer, with cladding of the box office and bar counters. The ground floor toilets will be refurbished, with additional female toilets.

A cinema box office and concessions kiosk will be created. A new staircase and lift will lead to the cinema foyer on the first floor. 

A two-screen digital cinema will be built in the currently under-used space in the upper foyer and front balcony. Screen one will have 58 seats and screen two will seat 52 people, with wheelchair provision for both screens.

corn exchange GROUND FLOOR FOYER  & KIOSK
Courtesy of McFarlane Latter Architects

Four new customer toilets and a disabled toilet are also being built on the first floor.

Cllr Elizabeth Nockolds, deputy leader and cabinet portfolio holder for culture, heritage and health, said: 

"Following the most successful panto run ever, over 22 thousand people came and enjoyed the show, this is the perfect time to start this work.

"The Alive Corn Exchange will have a bright new look and the cinema will bring more people in to King's Lynn who will hopefully stay for longer. This is a golden opportunity for the town."

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