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New seats next step in Park Theatre work
Discount Seating takes old chairs from cinemas, like the one pictured above, and renovates them to customer specifications.

McMinnville officials are steps away from purchasing seats for the historic Park Theatre. Refurbished ones are under consideration. 
Discount Seating in Jacksonville, Tenn., touts itself as offering affordable auditorium seating. Refurbished chairs come from cinemas and theaters across the country and are popular with customers who want an authentic or vintage movie theater look. Sizes range from 18-21 inches wide and there are a variety of styles available.
McMinnville Parks and Recreation director Scott McCord, along with two staff members, traveled to the company to look at what it provides.
“This is the style we believe might have been in the theatre originally,” said McCord, showing a picture to Parks and Recreation Committee members. “They said that chair, sand blasted, re-painted, new arm rests, new cushioning, and the fabric color of our choice, everything, was $90. Installation would be $11 per seat.”
The city currently has $40,000 in the budget for Park Theatre seating. Once completely restored, Park Theatre will accommodate close to 915 people. Design plans include fixed seating along with loose seats, such as tables with chairs.
“This looks like a good deal,” said Mayor Jimmy Haley. “There have been three sets of seats in the Park Theatre over its lifetime. The ones in the balcony were the very original ones. They were art deco. They were never replaced, even after the fire. New seats can cost anywhere from $300 to $450 per seat and that does not include installation.”
According to McCord, the company has offered to refurbish one chair to the city’s specifications and ship it to the city for consideration.
Completion of Park Theatre is expected by the end of March. The first event is scheduled April 11.
Parks and Recreation Committee members Ben Newman, chairman, Everett Brock and Jimmy Bonner instructed McCord to purchase one chair as an example at an estimated cost of $150.