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theater seats 14 May 2005 19:27 #28873

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About how much per seat should it cost to have new seats installed in an old theater?
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Re: theater seats 15 May 2005 01:10 #28874

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It depends on what kind of seat your want. One standard low back seat is about $100-$120 with your choice of fabric.
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Re: theater seats 15 May 2005 09:06 #28875

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i have the seats just wondering what i should pay per seat to have them put in.....thanks
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Re: theater seats 15 May 2005 12:53 #28876

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I did mine myself with the help of patron volunteers. It is not that difficult to do.
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Re: theater seats 15 May 2005 14:07 #28877

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putting in seats yourself (with a couple helpers) is not that difficult--the trick is do not scimp on the hammer drill and bit--get a good quality one and the right anchors--then the swearing will be minimal
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Re: theater seats 15 May 2005 14:10 #28878

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sorry--hit enter too fast--never did answer original question. Cost per seat installed by a "professional" is going to vary greatly--in my area the cheapest I have found if they are starting with a ready floor is $5 a seat--but can go up to $25 a seat if they have any prep work to do.
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Re: theater seats 15 May 2005 22:54 #28879

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thanks .......
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Re: theater seats 16 May 2005 01:39 #28880

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I'm currently in the process of re-seating my 1938 theatre and have an estimate of $15.50 per seat for installation. This is from a professional seat installer.
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Re: theater seats 24 May 2005 23:06 #28881

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I'm in a similar situation.
I have the seats already, but where I need to put them is in what used to be the balcony, where the floor is wood.

Anyone have experiences with installing seats into a wood floor? If so, any idea on that cost vs installation into concrete?

Related question - anyone have recommendations on professional installers in the mid-west area?
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Re: theater seats 25 May 2005 07:22 #28882

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We just installed seats in the balcony, which has a wood floor.

It turns out that the seats they used years ago were much smaller than even the smallest seats used today. So, we had to extend each riser forward about 8 inches in order to have any legroom at all.

Also there's an issue of the chair's back hitting the riser in back of it, so the chairs may have to be put on somehing to raise them. That's what the chairs were like that we took out.

If you're installing used chairs as I did, make sure they have feet with 4 bolts in them...our downstairs chairs have only two bolts for each side and are meant to be installed on a slab.

Good Luck!
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Re: theater seats 25 May 2005 17:57 #28883

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Unless you have a riser problem like SALS described, installing seats on wood floors is a simple and easy DIY project... The 4 bolt feet she referred to are great IF your seats have them, but are not absolutely necessary... Be sure to use Phillips pan head or hex head sheet metal screws instead of regular wood screws because they are hardened (much stronger) and the threads hold a lot better, especially in soft woods... Also, those head styles are easier to tighten down and are more tamper proof... #12 or #14 metal screws are usually just right, and they should be long enough to fully penetrate the flooring thickness, so the full screw diameter is holding in the wood (1 1/2" length is normally about right)... You can sometimes drill out the screw holes in the seat's foot oversize, IF there is enough material left to not weaken the foot...
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Re: theater seats 25 May 2005 23:21 #28884

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SALS, sounds like your theatre is very similar to mine.

Would you mind if I e-mailed you off-line and got more details on your seating update?

Thanks,
Tony R.
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Re: theater seats 26 May 2005 10:30 #28885

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You can definitely email me! I'm salsss at adelphia.net

(don't want any more junk mail than I already get!!)

Sally
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Re: theater seats 01 Jun 2005 16:29 #28886

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We had the exact same experience with risers in our balcony. People today are longer and wider. Our carpenters did wonders.

Seat install: we paid 12.00 per seat and it was worth it to have professionals decipher the 400 seats, backs, sides, arm rests, etc. Anyone who had never had a thing to do with seats could easily botch it and be confused by all the parts and layouts.

If you do it yourself: have the right tools and someone good with layout.



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