Burdekin Theatre staff pulled out hundreds of old seats in the main auditorium this week to make way for an overhaul of the performance space.
The carpet is being ripped out and replaced over the next couple of days and contractors will start installing the 494 new theatre seats next Thursday (August 25).
Burdekin Theatre director Les Alberts said it would take about two weeks to install the new seating.
He said the work was being done during a window of time when there were no scheduled performances.
The project represents the first major revamp of the auditorium since the theatre was built in 1982.
“Both the seating and the carpet were almost 30 years old and some sections were looking a little worse for wear, so this will really give the theatre a lift,” Mr Alberts said.
The old seats were offered to the public for sale at $10 each and about half found buyers. One of the bigger lots went to a theatre venue in Proserpine.
The $216,000 overhaul is being 50 per cent funded by a State Government Regional Infrastructure Grant and 50 per cent by the Burdekin Shire Council.
CAPTION: Burdekin Theatre staff, from left, Les Alberts, Dave Luscombe and James Fahey, pull out the old seats to make way for the new.
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