Norfolk

Hunstanton's Princess Theatre closes after lease terminated

Hunstanton Princess Theatre pantomime 2006
Image caption The Princess Theatre held regular shows including a Christmas pantomime each year

A theatre in Norfolk has shut its doors after the firm which rented it from the local council, the building's owner, decided to terminate its lease.

C and R Cinemas took over the running of Hunstanton's Princess Theatre earlier this year after King's Lynn and West Norfolk Council said it could no longer afford to subsidise it.

The council said the decision to close the building was "very disappointing".

C and R Cinemas was unavailable for comment on Thursday.

It is not known whether the shows booked at the venue in the next few weeks will take place.

Loss-making

The council announced it was handing over the management of the theatre to C and R Cinemas in September 2010.

Council leader Nick Daubney said the authority previously subsidised the loss-making venue by more than £300,000-a-year before it was taken over by the private company.

C and R Cinemas also owns the Majestic Cinema in King's Lynn.

Mr Daubney said he wanted to find a future for the venue with the help of local residents and businesses.

He added that more people need to go to make the venue a future success and he would discuss with any interested parties how it could be made more appealing to the public.

The Princess originally opened as a cinema in the seaside resort in 1932 before being taken over by the borough council in 1981.

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