Old Saskatoon theatre seats find new life with sporting spectators

A renovation at a historic Saskatoon theatre will mean a better sporting experience for those in the small town of Asquith.

The Magic Lantern Roxy Theatre in Saskatoon is currently giving one of its smaller screening rooms an upgrade. This week, the theatre removed 100 theatre seats from its small screening room, installing 90 improved theatre seats for its patrons. 

“Those seats that are in there, they’re small, the colour is sort of faded on them, the springs are wearing out, they’re getting a bit uncomfortable,” said Jordan Delorme, general manager. “They’re just generally old seats.”

Delorme said he hopes the new seats will result in less neck pain for movie goers, as the newly installed seats will have higher backs, more cushion and with 10 less seats in the small screening room, there’s an additional row’s-worth of leg space.

“You can lean back in them a little bit and just generally be more comfortable,” he said. 

The 100 seats from The Roxy, which are still in “pretty decent shape,” will now be donated to the Asquith and District Sports Centre, which is located in Town of Asquith, which is located about 40 kilometres west of Saskatoon and home to just over 600 people.

Rows and rows of new seats can be seen installed in the Roxy Theatre in Saskatoon. Officials with the historic theatre say the improved seats will make for a better movie-going experience for those taking in films at the Roxy Theatre. (The Roxy Theatre/Facebook.com)

Mayor Gail Erhart said the donation was a welcome one for the community, as she’s spent time herself sitting on the benches in the rink, where the majority of hockey fans take in events at the facility.

“I think it’ll be great,” she said.

Erhart said this year has been a tough one for the rink, as the community wasn’t able to open it full-time due to a lack of children in the community, but she says it’s still an important part of the town. 

“We’ve just been doing shinny tournaments, or rentals, public skating, just whatever we can to keep it open for the winter,” she said, adding, “I’ve been here 40-years and it’s an old rink, 67′ it was built, so it’s an old rink and we’re trying to keep up and it’s not cheap to get things done.” 

“It’s very expensive every time we want to do something, so I think that’ll be a great thing for everybody.”

Delorme said idea to donate the seats to Asquith was rooted in the company who had helped with the renovation, as they had a connection to the community.

For him, he said the plan to donate the seats was a no brainer.

“Obviously it’s a better idea that if it’s possible for them to be re-purposed, then they should, rather than go to the dump,” he said.

The Roxy Theatre’s small theatre will be ready to welcome audiences by the end of the week, as it’s set to reopen on Friday.