Fans across West Norfolk flocked to Lynn’s Majestic Cinema to see the world’s longest-running musical reborn on the big screen as the musical experience of a lifetime.
Set in 19th century France, Les Misérables tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption – a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit.
The well-loved stage show has been seen by more than 60 million people in 42 countries and in 22 languages around the globe. It is still breaking box office records everywhere in its 28th year.
The film has been showing at Lynn’s Majestic Cinema for three weeks with around 4,000 fans turning out to watch it, some of them multiple times, beating viewings of The Hobbit.
Tom Cundy, manager at the cinema, said: “There’s been a few teary-eyed people coming out of the cinema and we’ve had plenty of people watch it more than once. There is one chap who has seen the film three or four times and the stage show countless others.
“It’s been really well-received by everyone and it’s nice to see it on the big screen. Those who have seen the stage show have said how different it is, that it is a really fresh take on it.”
North Wootton student Emily Hinks was a film “double”, as we report on Page 77, and she said: “I came home to watch the film at the Majestic Cinema with my mum and dad and thought the film was amazing.”
Her mum, Deborah Hinks, added: “The show has meant such a lot to me and my girls for such a long time that it was really exciting for her to be part of the process and it was really nice to have her home to watch it with us.”
Mr Cundy said: “We were pleased Emily came back to watch it here. It shows the cinema is really close to people’s hearts and such an old-fashioned musical fits well with the building, especially having a stage in front of the screen.”
Other super-fans across West Norfolk have given the film rave reviews after watching it at the Lynn cinema.
Helen Weekley tweeted us: “It was outstanding. Loved it so much I’m going to see it again.”
Amanda Fullerton commented on Facebook: “The film was everything I hoped it would be. A perfect motion picture – it has everything!”
Abbie Panks tweeted: “Amazing. One of the best films I’ve seen in years. I saw it days ago and I’ve been singing it ever since.”
Heather Farley tweeted: “Absolutely loved it, saw it at the Majestic. Have seen the stage show, but only once unlike many friends.”