Imax seats donated to Shelley Theatre

Imax seats donated to Shelley Theatre

Imax seats donated to Shelley Theatre

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SOME of them must barely have been sat in – but 220 seats from Bournemouth’s Imax have been donated to a small theatre.

Bournemouth council says it expects to recycle 97 per cent of the town’s Waterfront building and its contents as it begins demolishing the ill-fated attraction.

It has donated 220 seats from the former giant-screen cinema to the Shelley Theatre in Boscombe.

Meanwhile, catering equipment from the Waterfront’s defunct Red Panda restaurant – where Tony Blair and his cabinet once sat down to dinner – will be donated to the community-run cafe at the same theatre.

Jon Dunne, director of Shelley Theatre, said: “These chairs will make such a difference to this small intimate theatre, and we are really grateful to Bournemouth council and in particular the local councillors who have shown continued support to get this great little venue up and running for the local community.

“We hope that we can welcome many local people to come and make use of the chairs as soon as possible.”

The Imax opened, more than two years late, in 2002 and closed for a revamp in 2005, never to re-open.

Bournemouth council bought the Waterfront building in 2010 for £6.5million and ousted the remaining businesses.

It plans to demolish the building to make way for a covered public performance venue, also called the Waterfront. It is intended as an interim use until a permanent scheme can be got off the ground.

The building is being dismantled from the inside out and should be gone by the end of March 2013.

Roger Ball, the council’s service director for technical services, said: “We are pleased that the local community can benefit from the old Imax cinema seating. It was hardly used and is in very good condition and we are glad that it can finally now be put to good use.”

The council says concrete from the Waterfront can be crushed and reused as a sub-base for new roads.

Steel and glass will also be recycled.

The authority says it will produce a chart at the end of the project, showing how the material has been re-used.

Read the history of the Imax, watch a film about its beginnings, view a 360 degree panorama of inside the cinema and learn about what's going to take its place at bournemouthecho.co.uk/imax

  • IF the Imax had thrived, you might have sat in its seats watching The Dark Knight Rises or Skyfall on a giant screen.

Instead, you could in future sit in them to listen to Questions Under Delegated Powers or Reports from the Environment and Transport Overview and Scrutiny Panel.

And the star will be not Daniel Craig or Christian Bale but council leader John Beesley.

Bournemouth council intends to use around 40 of the Imax seats to replace seating in the public gallery of its council chamber.

The entertainment might be slightly less thrilling, but it has been known to run longer Lord of the Rings and admission is free.

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2:37pm Wed 14 Nov 12

Rodney Trotter says...

Call me sceptical but maybe the council should sell some of the furnishings, as I would lay money that the contractor taking the Imax apart will be back asking for more money as they got the price wrong.
Call me sceptical but maybe the council should sell some of the furnishings, as I would lay money that the contractor taking the Imax apart will be back asking for more money as they got the price wrong. Rodney Trotter
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2:39pm Wed 14 Nov 12

speedy231278 says...

Should the council not be selling the contents to try and recover some of the £7.5M of WASTED taxpayer's money that this pointless building is now costing to remove, never mind all the legal fees, and the cost to build it? Doubtless, our council tax will rocket next year while the overpaid councillors reward themselves to a pay rise for solving a 'prbolem' they created themselves?

I hope they are using the same contractors that did the surf reef and refurbishment on Boscombe pier. That way, the structure is guaranteed to come apart!
Should the council not be selling the contents to try and recover some of the £7.5M of WASTED taxpayer's money that this pointless building is now costing to remove, never mind all the legal fees, and the cost to build it? Doubtless, our council tax will rocket next year while the overpaid councillors reward themselves to a pay rise for solving a 'prbolem' they created themselves? I hope they are using the same contractors that did the surf reef and refurbishment on Boscombe pier. That way, the structure is guaranteed to come apart! speedy231278
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2:58pm Wed 14 Nov 12

boverboy says...

Will the film mentioned above about the history of the Imax (or even The Waterfront ) be in 3D?
Will the film mentioned above about the history of the Imax (or even The Waterfront ) be in 3D? boverboy
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3:34pm Wed 14 Nov 12

s-pb2 says...

The quote 'if the imax thrived' should read if the imax was given the opportunity to be the experience it was meant to be. I never went but then again it was ahead of its time. All these millions being wasted on getting rid of a perfectly useable building when so many elderly and children are suffering due to cuts is verging on criminal.
The quote 'if the imax thrived' should read if the imax was given the opportunity to be the experience it was meant to be. I never went but then again it was ahead of its time. All these millions being wasted on getting rid of a perfectly useable building when so many elderly and children are suffering due to cuts is verging on criminal. s-pb2
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8:52pm Wed 14 Nov 12

Lord Spring says...

Rodney Trotter wrote:
Call me sceptical but maybe the council should sell some of the furnishings, as I would lay money that the contractor taking the Imax apart will be back asking for more money as they got the price wrong.
Trigger would have said " Why give them to Wetherspoons"
[quote][p][bold]Rodney Trotter[/bold] wrote: Call me sceptical but maybe the council should sell some of the furnishings, as I would lay money that the contractor taking the Imax apart will be back asking for more money as they got the price wrong.[/p][/quote]Trigger would have said " Why give them to Wetherspoons" Lord Spring
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