Ritz Theater Board Chairman Grant Lynch said Wednesday the drive to raise money to replace the theater’s chairs has surpassed the halfway mark, and that he hopes contributions from individuals, families and small businesses will be able to close the gap.
The goal of the drive is to raise $120,000 to replace all 415 seats on the main floor. The current seats are more than 50 years old and not terribly comfortable, according to Ritz Director George Culver. The new chairs will contain cup-holders and be decorated in an art deco style that matches the façade of the building.
Pledge cards are available in the office in the Otts Building, next door to the Ritz, with a $280 contribution paying for a single seat, $560 for two seats, $1,690 for a six-seat side row, $2,200 for an eight-seat center row or $5,600 for a complete row, end to end. Any other amounts will be accepted as well.
Donors and named memorials will be listed on a plaque in the lobby. Contributions are tax deductible.
“We just want to let everyone know, that if you’re a small business or an individual, you can still participate,” Lynch said. “We’re going to get this done, and anyone who has enjoyed any of the programming we’ve had at the Ritz in the last 25 years can help add longevity to the quality of that facility and the programs we have there.”
Lynch is also the president of the Talladega Superspeedway, which has contributed $11,200 already to purchase two complete rows. “But one seat can still make a difference. Every one puts us one step closer to the goal,” he said.