Ludlow Auditorium selling off 90-year-old seating; celebrates new cushioned chairs

“The old giveth way to the new.” That’s what happened to the seating in the Ludlow Town Hall this past week. The antique wooden chairs that have served the citizens and visitors in Ludlow since 1923 have been replaced by new, well-padded seats.

Frank Heald and Ulla Cook

Ludlow town manager Frank Heald, left, and town clerk Ulla Cook inspect the newly installed seating at the Ludlow Auditorium. Photo provided.

Under the auspices of Friends of Ludlow Auditorium, the new seating was purchased and installed. Funding for the new seating was paid for by FOLA. The old wooden chairs will be on display in the auditorium and are available for purchase: The two-seaters are priced at $75; the four-seaters at $135.

FOLA chairman Ralph Pace said that much of the credit for the installation goes to help received from Mountainside House staff and residents who assisted in the assembly of the new chairs, removal of the wooden chairs and the installation of the new seating.

He also thanked members of FOLA and Don Richardson and Susan and Bill Kneebone for their help in this project. The new chairs are considerably wider than the previous chairs and have, per Pace, “a much greater tolerance for contact weight comfort.”

Initially, FOLA believed that the new seating would result in a loss of two seats compared to the wooden seating. However, with some creative changes, the auditorium actually will gain three seats. The first planned use of the new seating is set for 7 p.m. Saturday, July 12 when FOLA will present the movie Yankee Doodle Dandy starring with James Cagney as George M. Cohan.

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