Thursday, June 26, 2014

After 90 Years, Ludlow Auditorium Installs All New Seating

After 90 Years, Ludlow Auditorium Installs All New Seating
"The old giveth way to the new".  At least that's what happened to the seating in the Ludlow Town Hall this past week.  The antique wooden chairs that have served the citizens and visitors in Ludlow since 1923 were replaced by new, well-padded seats.  Under the auspices of FOLA (Friends of Ludlow Auditorium), the new seating was purchased and installed.  Pictured above are, left to right, Frank Heald, Ludlow Town Manager, and Ulla Cook, Ludlow Town Clerk, as they inspect the newly-installed seating.  The funding for the new seating was paid for by FOLA.  The removed wooden chairs will be on display in the auditorium; the 2 seaters are priced at $75 and the 4 seaters at $135; the wooden chairs may be viewed in the auditorium.  According the FOLA Chair, Ralph Pace, much of the credit for the installation goes to help received from Mountainside staff and residents who assisted in the assembly of the new chairs, removal of the wooden chairs, and the installation of the new seating.  He also thanked members of FOLA and Don Richardson and Susan and Bill Kneebone for their help in this project.  The new chairs are considerably wider than the previous chairs and have, per Pace, "a much greater tolerance for contact weight comfort".  Initially, FOLA believed the new seating would result in a loss of two seats from that of the wooden seating.  However, with some creative changes, the auditorium actually will gain three additional seats.  The first planned use of the new seating is onJuly 12 at 7 pm when FOLA will present the movie, "Yankee Doodle Dandy", with James Cagney. 

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