Published: Friday, 24th May 2019
Ideas to convert an underused part of the King's Lynn Corn Exchange into a two-screen cinema could take a massive step forward.
A planning application and listed building application have been submitted for alterations to the roof of the building which will be necessary if agreement is given by Cabinet in June to press ahead with the proposal to convert the upper bar area of the Corn Exchange into a two-screen cinema.
Artists impressions and detailed layouts and costings are due to be submitted for consideration by Cabinet at their meeting on 18 June 2019, following initial agreement to work up the idea in more detail.
The detailed proposal allows for a 58-seat screen and a 52-seat screen cinema to be developed in the Corn Exchange. The proposals include up-to-date projection, acoustic sound improvements, quality seating. Additional works will include moderations to the toilets and improvements in the foyer to improve the customer experience.
If given the go ahead, work needs to be started quickly so as to create as little disruption to the theatre's operation as possible. Precursive listed building and planning applications have therefore been submitted for changes to the roof to ensure there is no hold up.
Ken McFarlane of McFarlane Latter Architects who have created the proposed design said: "We're pleased to be working with the borough council on such an exciting development that I believe can exploit the full potential of a currently rarely used part of The Corn Exchange and increase visitors into the town".
If the plans are approved by Cabinet and consent is granted, then the work will go out to tender in July or August this year, with work set to start in January 2020.
Cllr Brian Long, Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Resources said: "It is vital that we make full use of resources that we have available. The Corn Exchange is a valuable asset, that currently has under-used space which could generate income as well as provide additional entertainment for people coming into the town."