King’s Lynn’s Majestic Cinema is set to re-open today (Friday) with a new look.
Work at the Tower Street cinema to install a new Screen 4 got underway earlier this year by splitting the existing Screen 2.
The new arrangements mean that Screen 4, which has a new projector and sound-proofing, can seat 44.
Screen 2, which can now seat 149, has had new armchair-style seats installed in the front row, reclining seats in some other rows and tiered seating has also been installed.
However, due to pandemic restrictions, all four screens will not be running at full capacity just yet.
Manager Tom Cundy said: “We want to focus on the positives. It’s been really hard for people and money is tight. But we have kept the tickets at £4.50 and £15 for a group of four.
“We are adhering to the rules and we want people to come and zone out for a couple of hours and relax in the comfy chairs.”
At the time of going to press, the cinema’s first film to be shown since closing on March 17, was not known.
“Due to the situation, the big releases keep being put back. But I don’t think people are too fussed about what they watch at the moment,” said Mr Cundy.
To comply with government guidelines, the cinema will be showing films at staggered times and protective screens have been installed in the foyer.
Customers can book and chose their seats online, a new concept for the cinema which has been operating since 1928. When seats are allocated, there will be a two-seat gap both left and right and seats in front and behind will remain empty.
“Snacks will be available as usual and we understand if people want to bring their own,” said Mr Cundy.
There are plans to revamp screens one and three with new seats and decor.
Mr Cundy said: “We won’t stop here, we will carry on with our plans for the future.
“Hopefully it will all be done this time next year so all four screens are of the same standard with the comfy seats.”