Out with the old, in with the new seating
The district’s premier performing arts theatre, the Plaza in Putaruru, now boasts 134 new seats.
The seats cost just under $50,000 and form part of the Plaza upgrade programme.
‘‘The old seats were put on Facebook to see if there was any interest from the community in owning a piece of Plaza history,’’ Plaza manager Nicola Warrington said. ‘‘Eleven local people showed interest and between them 114 of the old seats were sold.’’ ‘‘ The majority of the purchasers wanted the seats for nostalgic reasons and a place to sit while having a beer in the shed,’’ Mrs Warrington said.
‘‘Patrons to Steinie’s Barber Shop in Putaruru can enjoy a piece of this history too when they visit for a haircut, since Steinie’s now sports nine of the old chairs.’’
The money raised will go towards redecorating the Arthur Fountain Studio dressing rooms at the rear of the Plaza. A plaque will display the purchasers’ names as an acknowledgement.
South Waikato District Council parks and property manager Greg Shaw said: ‘‘There are 186 old seats that still need replacement and this project will be funded and programmed in due course. Seating Services took just 10 hours to replace all the 134 new seats.’’
Mrs Warrington said: seats are fantastic.
‘‘We have had positive feedback; although it was sad to see the old seats go. They were part of the original building, so going back to 1959 is some history.’’
The Plaza has undergone several refurbishments over the years.