A sneak peek at the new cinema due to open next week inside the Corn Exchange at King’s Lynn. Pictures: Ian Burt

A new cinema is set to open at King’s Lynn’s Alive Corn Exchange next Friday. 

Major refurbishment and renovation work has been underway at the iconic venue on the Tuesday Market Place for the last few months. 

The scaffolding has been taken down and the venue’s upper foyer and front has been transformed into a two-screen cinema. 

Screen one has 58 seats and screen two can seat 52 people, with wheelchair provision for both screens. The cinema box office and concessions kiosk are also in place. A new staircase and lift leads to the cinema foyer on the first floor.

Brian Long, chairman of the Alive West Norfolk board and leader of West Norfolk Council, said: “The Corn Exchange is one of the jewels in King’s Lynn’s crown that brings people into town from all over West Norfolk and beyond.

“It’s another great reason to come in to town.”

There will be special screenings for parents and babies, parents and toddlers, “Silver Screenings” for over 60- year-olds and family screenings at weekends. 

Deputy council leader Elizabeth Nockolds said: “I was pleased to see local businesses, including the Majestic Cinema and King’s Lynn Cinema Club support this development, as they recognise this offers additional entertainment for people coming into King’s Lynn town centre.”

The first film to be shown at the new cinema will be The Personal History of David Copperfield, which was partly filmed in Lynn.