Memories of a venue that is to become a pub

Interior of the Corn Exchange in Alnwick.
Interior of the Corn Exchange in Alnwick.

As a derelict Alnwick building is being brought back into use, we asked you what were your memories of the place.

Wetherspoon has been given approval to change the former cinema at the Corn Exchange into a pub.

It may have been derelict for more than a decade but at one time the venue was a busy picture house.

The Gazette covered the last film shown there, The Rocketeer, in 1992.

Graham Pratt, who reported on the last night for the paper, tweeted about it when planning permission was approved two weeks ago.

He said: “It was supposed to be a colour piece for the last night of the Corn Exhchange.”

This prompted us to ask our social media followers what they last saw at the venue and what they remembered about the place.

Some of the comments are below.

Wetherspoon has also applied for a premises licence to serve alcohol at the pub.

The application has been made for the sale of alcohol from 8am to midnight, Monday to Wednesday and Sunday, and 8am to 1am on Friday and Saturday.

The pub will be open from 7.30am each day and will close half an hour after last orders, providing the licence is agreed.

It will go before Northumberland County Council’s licensing committee within the next few weeks.

Representations on the application can be made on the county council’s website at