A second screen is set to be installed at Keswick’s Alhambra cinema.
The intention is to open the new, smaller screen by the end of this summer, tucked under the balcony in place of the kiosk.
The main screen will retain its 180-seat space, split between the stalls and balcony, while the second screen will be more intimate, seating 30.
“This is an incredibly exciting time for the cinema,” said Carol Rennie, whose family has been involved in running the cinema for 30 years.
“The second screen will allow us to show a wider variety of films and cater better for all age groups, especially during holidays.”
Meanwhile, two Braithwaite residents have joined the Rennie family as co-owners.
Jonathan Moore has more than 30 years’ marketing and business experience, while Graham King is a local barrister.
Jonathan became involved in the historic cinema during the first lockdown when he volunteered to carry out improvement work.
He will manage the second screen build.
“The Edwardian design and old-school charm of the cinema are part of what makes it so special and the team is doing everything to keep that magic,” he said.
Carol added: “We’re really excited to have Jon and Graham join us.
“Jon buzzing with ideas. Having them on board means we can do some amazing new things to future-proof and make our little gem of a cinema even more gorgeous.”