Majestic Cinema, King's Lynn

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Majestic Cinema
Majestic Cinema Centre
The Majestic Cinema in 2006 (2006)
Majestic Cinema, King's Lynn is located in Norfolk
Majestic Cinema, King's Lynn
Location within Norfolk
General information
Location Norfolk, United Kingdom
Address Majestic Cinema
Tower Street
King's Lynn
PE30 1EJ
Town or city King's Lynn
Country United Kingdom
Coordinates 52°45′11″N 0°23′51″E / 52.752990°N 0.397540°E / 52.752990; 0.397540
Destroyed 1927 (1927)
Owner Malcolm Croot
Tony Rowlett

The Majestic Cinema is a cinema in King's Lynn, Norfolk, England.


The Majestic Cinema was built in 1928 and run by Ernest Ralph Adams of Ripley House, King's Lynn. He worked closely with the architects John Lewis Carnell and William Dymoke White in the design and construction of the Majestic. Mr. Adams bought the contents of the Empire Theatre, Leicester Square, London (which was being demolished) and these, once restored, formed part of the interior of the Majestic. The 'Picture House' (as it was initially known) opened on May 23rd, 1928 with the silent film version of 'Ben Hur', starring Ramon Navarro. The ownership of the cinema later passed to Union and subsequently ABC Cinemas. The original ballroom was used as a venue by King George V for his Sandringham Hunt Balls.

2001: Multiplex demolition proposal[edit]

In 2001 (2001), a scheme to demolish the Majestic Cinema and build a Multiplex in its place was denied. The plans were submitted to the Borough Council of King's Lynn and West Norfolk by SMM Investments. Objectors to the cinemas demolition included the Lynn Civic Society, the national Cinema and Theatre Association, the Theatres Trust and councillor Dr Paul Richards.[1] The owner of the Majestic Cinema at the time, Tony Rowlett stated in an interview with Lynn News:

It was made a Grade II listed building in 2001 (2001) following lobbying by the Lynn's Civic Society.[1]

A report explaining the plans refusal stated:


  1. ^ a b c "Concern Over Multi-Screen Cinema Plan". Lynn News. 17 February 2001. Retrieved 19 April 2010. 

External links[edit]

Official website