Noah Hasenfang 
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Re: “Byrd Theatre May Be Getting New Seats From Cannes

Todd:
Sorry that these comments have taken up so much of your time. I know taking care of the Byrd, and I'm sure trying to handle this current donation, can be pretty time consuming. I think we're all happy to have your inside perspective though. And cup holders would be great-alcohol or not. I agree the seats are quite uncomfortable, I just hate to see anything go to waste. Especially something that's been part of such a landmark in my city, and in fact now in the entire country with the recent representation of the whole United States that the Byrd has in Jean Achache's documentary. Can you tell me what will happen to the seats? Are they just going to be junked? If the current plan is to pay someone to take them to be melted down for scrap, then I'd like to instead pay out of my pocket for a crew to transport them to a location where I can keep them until a new use can be found.

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Posted by Noah Hasenfang on 03/23/2014 at 4:36 PM

Re: “Byrd Theatre May Be Getting New Seats From Cannes

I'm typically not one to bitch about anything, especially free stuff, but you have to understand why people love the Byrd and how drastically different these seats are than everything else that adds to the beauty and appeal of the theater. It's like a classic 1912 Ford Model T (a true godfather in the history of manufacturing for the masses, being the first use of an assembly line ever) in perfect street driving condition that brings amazement to everyone who sees it, but then someone paints it stripper-boot pink because after 100 years the original paint was faded.

Posted by Noah Hasenfang on 03/22/2014 at 3:47 PM

Re: “Byrd Theatre May Be Getting New Seats From Cannes

It's great to hear that even with possibility of these newer seats going in that there are still plans to put period-correct seats in there. As you said, years away though.

Short of some molded backrests or seat bottoms I'm still pretty certain that the current seats could be repaired. Because factory replacement pieces aren't available doesn't mean that some cheap parts from a hardware store couldn't accomplish the same thing reliably for years to come.

If the chairs have been given up on and are considered worthless, what is to come of them after removal? I'll haul them away for free if they're really not considered historically valuable enough to repair. I can give them life again, and I know some local fabricators who would really appreciate the work and opportunity to restore such a Richmond treasure.

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Posted by Noah Hasenfang on 03/20/2014 at 10:05 PM

Re: “Byrd Theatre May Be Getting New Seats From Cannes

@daniel:
What's there to restore if they toss the old seats in the trash? I doubt they have room to install these new ones "temporarily" and keep the old ones in storage.

I'm glad you agree with my idea to whatever extent, but if the intention is to benefit a smaller organization then they should understand the value offered by selling the new seats. Even if they pay for it out of pocket, 52000 dollars is worth having those seats brought to original glory. I'm not suggestion that's a small number, but it's far less than the value of these new seats and it's definitely worth that much to retain the glory of the Byrd as it was originally. What's an old building with a bunch of new, ugly crap shoved in it? Exactly that. They will actually devalue the Byrd by putting these in. I'm pretty sure if they just used their transportation budget to refinish the current seats then everyone will win. Except the transportation service.

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Posted by Noah Hasenfang on 03/20/2014 at 3:21 PM

Re: “Byrd Theatre May Be Getting New Seats From Cannes

Sell these mismatched seats, give the money to the Byrd, pay someone to redo the cushions and fabric of the current seat. If there are 1300 then they should be able to assembly line the process and bang them out for MUCH less than 1.3 million dollars and they'll keep the historic value and authenticity of the seats they have, and maybe pocket some money. They won't even have to worry about paying to transport the seats. Minor repairs could be done on an as-needed basis to get them ready for decades of continued service. Even if each seat costs 40 dollars to process with labor included (remember, assembly line) then at 1300 seats that's only an expense of $52,000.

I'll offer my services, should someone at the Byrd read this and consider that as a better option.

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Posted by Noah Hasenfang on 03/20/2014 at 1:35 AM

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