Film-go­ers sit­ting com­fort­ably af­ter seat­ing re­vamp

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - RHI­AN­NON MCDOWALL

MOVIE fans can fi­nally sit back, re­lax, and en­joy a squeak-free film af­ter the re­fur­bish­ment at the town’s in­de­pen­dent cinema.

The seat­ing at Cinemac, based at The Old Sun­day School, was sal­vaged from the for­mer Derby Play­house af­ter it closed down in the 1970s, but af­ter more than 60 years use, had be­come worn and un­com­fort­able.

Now, thanks to fund­ing from the Silkscreen Film So­ci­ety, Cinemac and the Friends of Mac­cles­field Silk Her­itage, the seats have been re­fur­bished, with new up­hol­stery and comfy pad­ding.

Coun­cil­lor Janet Jack­son, who reg­u­larly uses the cinema and is chair of the Friends, said: “The seats are won­der­ful, we are ab­so­lutely thrilled.

“The old seats weren’t great – they were al­ready se­cond­hand in the first place, so they have been in use for a very long time.

“And they didn’t half squeak too – you didn’t dare move about once you were sat down. But th­ese new seats are won­der­ful and very com­fort­able. They have re­placed the seats and the backs, and oiled the iron frames so they don’t squeak any more. I just hope that ev­ery­body will now get be­hind the cinema and start go­ing.”

The au­di­to­rium at the Old Sun­day School, on Roe Street, is also used for talks and con­cert per­for­mances, in­clud­ing the North­ern Cham­ber Orches­tra.

Silkscreen Film So­ci­ety has been us­ing the space since it was set up in 2002, and Cinemac opened in 2005.

Steven Met­calf, who set up the in­de­pen­dent cinema, said: “It’s been a bril­liant 11 years and a real plea­sure to be based in such a unique venue, show­ing a range of films and live satel­lite events that cater for a wide va­ri­ety of au­di­ences. The build­ing’s never been used so reg­u­larly and by so many peo­ple, and we’re de­lighted to be con­tribut­ing to its fu­ture.”

This is the first in a se­ries of planned im­prove­ments and in­vest­ments into The Old Sun­day School, which is gear­ing up for a ma­jor pro­gramme of re­fur­bish- ment nearly 40 years af­ter it was res­cued from the threat of de­mo­li­tion.

The team are now look­ing for fund­ing to re­fur­bish the re­main­ing seats - which are to the side of the au­di­to­rium, and to buy re­place­ment win­dows. To make a do­na­tion to help fund the sec­ond phase of the build­ing’s re­fur­bish­ment go to just­giv­ing. com/ silkher­itagetrust or silk­mac­cles­field.org.uk.

Ruth Simms (left), chair of Silkscreen Film So­ci­ety, which has been based at the Roe Street au­di­to­rium since 2002, and Coun Janet Jack­son, chair of the Friends of Mac­cles­field Silk Her­itage, in the new plush seat­ing

Th­ese seats at The Old Sun­day School are now no more

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