Richmond Film Fans Now Sitting Much More Comfortably
Tuesday, Dec 10, 2013
Cinema goers in Richmond are feeling the benefit of brand new seating, thanks to a complete re-fit of one of The Station Cinema’s screens.
Over the past couple of weeks, Screen Two has been closed for refurbishment. This involved the removal of a retractable seating unit which had been in place since the transformation of the building from redundant station to heritage attraction in 2007.
“Originally we opted for this flexible option so that the room could be used either as a cinema auditorium, or, with the seating retracted, a meeting room or performance space,” explains Cinema Director Rob Younger. “As it has turned out, the two cinema screens here at The Station have proved to be so popular that the seating in Screen Two has very rarely been pushed back, so we thought it was time to replace it with specialist cinema seating for the ongoing comfort of our customers.”
The £25,000 refurbishment has included an upgrade to the sound system, improved sight-lines to the screen as well as the installation of 98 brand new, red velvet, seats – complete with cup holders - onto a custom built seating platform.
The Station Cinema has never had a problem getting bums on seats. "In fact since we opened in November 2007”, says Rob, " we've had in excess of half-a-million film fans through the doors."
Following the recent improvements, Screen Two now boasts the same high levels of comfort and cinematic enjoyment as Screen One.
John Lancaster, a regular Station Cinema film-goer from Richmond said, "The new fit out is really terrific; it feels like being up-graded to First Class from Economy."
There’s even been a happy ending for the original retractable seating. It’s now being used in the main hall of King James's School in Knaresborough.