CEC adds hundreds of reclining seats to its Fort 8 Theatre
Sunday, March 17, 2019
There’s a whole new meaning to the phrase ‘sit back and relax’ at Fort 8 Theatre, 1417 Central Ave.
All eight auditoriums at the Cinema Entertainment Corporation theatre are being remodeled with brand new Palliser leather reclining seats — 478 of them.
Auditoriums No. 1 and No. 2 had its seats installed on March 7.
The rest of the auditoriums will be finished in the coming weeks, according to Jay Roettger, field coordinator for CEC.
Roettger, who has been involved in remodeling 17 different theaters, said it takes between seven and 10 days to redo an auditorium.
The theater will sacrifice some of its space for the added comfort.
“You lose about 50 percent of your seating by adding the recliners, but it’s a much better environment,” Roettger said.
Before the seats are installed, concrete had to be poured and the risers had to be reconfigured.
New seats aren’t the only changes inside the theater.
According to Roettger, each auditorium will also have new tile, carpet, LED aisle lighting, and Soundfold fabric-wrapped acoustical panels.