Cinema boss backs plan for new screens in King's Lynn Corn Exchange
The boss of Lynn's current cinema has given his backing to proposals for a new one in the town's Corn Exchange.
West Norfolk Council chiefs will consider proposals for the project, which they estimate will cost around £1 million for initial conversion work, next week.
But the plans have already won the support of Paul Jervis, the owner of the town's Majestic cinema, following discussions between him and the authority.
He said: "I truly believe that it is a positive step for the building and the town.
"I am also confident that rather than damage our business it will attract more people into the town centre and enhance the offering the town centre has.
"It falls at a time when an exciting refurbishment of the Majestic will take place. I wish the council success."
The plan that is currently being developed by the council would see two screens, which would accommodate around 170 people between them, in currently underused space on the first floor of the Corn Exchange.
Officials believe the project could generate a profit of around £200,000 a year.
Members of West Norfolk Council's ruling cabinet are due to consider the idea at a meeting next Tuesday. If they back it, it will then go to the full council for debate later this month.
Deputy leader Elizabeth Nockolds said: "Initially we had considered creating a cinema offer in the Guildhall. This led us to then consider the use of the upper bar area in the Corn Exchange.
"This building is staffed, lit and heated for shows, so it makes sense to also include a cinema offer as there will be little or no increase in overheads.
"The initial investment will also bring improvements by way of disabled access and more options when it comes to films or show times.
"This is an exciting opportunity to make more of an underused asset and provide additional entertainment for people coming into town."