The Carolina Theatre's two cinemas opened in 1993, as an addition to the historic Carolina Theatre during its major five-year renovation. The two new movie theaters were the first stadium cinemas in Durham.
Our current seats have been in use for 21 years. While they've held up well, they're nowhere near the current standard for comfort. They have low backs, and the small cupholders in the wooden armrests don't accommodate our large beverages.
Our dedicated Carolina Theatre film fans deserve better. The City upgraded the sound in 2011, and we completed our digital conversion in 2013. The seats were the last remaining component of the moviegoing experience left to address. That's why when we negotiated our new management agreement with the City of Durham last year, we made the commitment to replace the cinema seats at our expense.
That's not insignificant for our non-profit. The total project will cost us roughly $60,000, money that can't be used for events or other program costs if we use it to fund seats. So we're hoping that the Carolina Theatre's many fans will help us with some additional support. We've set a goal of $25,000 for the project, a little less than half the estimated cost. We'll put in the rest.
We think you'll like what we've chosen after reviewing the available options. The seats, from Irwin Seating Company - the leader in the industry - will make watching a movie at the Carolina Theatre a whole lot more enjoyable.
These are the seats we've chosen:
And this is the color:
In Cinema 1 (that's the big one), nearly every seat will fully recline.
In Cinema 2, where our aisle space is limited, the back four rows won't recline. But we're taking the first three rows - which are all on the same level and a little low for the screen - and replacing them with two rows of recliners.
As you'll see in the video, our fans love the new seats. We're sure you will too.
We hope you'll consider supporting us as we help to give Downtown Durham the first-class cinemas it truly deserves.
Risks and challenges
Any construction project faces potential delays, but we believe we're well-prepared to install the seats this spring. We've reviewed our timeline with the contractor, and we all believe that we're on track to deliver new seats this spring as promised.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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