9 October 2018
The Workmen’s Hall Cinema has unveiled £20,000 worth of plush new seating – half of it paid for by the Town Council.
The latest upgrade to the cinema means it now offers a more comfortable viewing experience in wider, softer fabric seats with drink holders and more space between.
“Following the installation of new projection equipment almost two years ago, we quickly realised that the only thing letting us down was the comfort of the seats,” said Workmen’s Hall Company Chair Rod Denley-Jones.
“We decided that to compete with neighbouring cinemas we needed to have new high end seats providing more comfort, room and neck support. We’re thrilled with both the way in which they improve the look of the room and the superior viewing experience they give.
“Obviously, we want to give a massive thanks to the Town Council for their £10,000 award, without which we would have undoubtedly waited another few years to raise the money.”
The Workmen’s Hall is also celebrating after receiving funding of almost £280,000 towards a major programme of repairs and improvements - thanks to a collaboration between Torfaen Council, the Workmen’s Hall Company, Blaenavon Heritage Museum, the Town Council and Welsh Government.
The partners are contributing to the project, including £194,000 received through the Welsh Government Rural Communities - Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government. An extra £34,000 is being provided from Torfaen Council’s Regeneration Funds for Blaenavon ward. The Town Council contributed £7,500.
The project will include repairs to the roof, the replacement and upgrading of theatre sound and lighting equipment, new acoustic sound system and room partitioning.
Blaenavon Mayor Gareth Davies said: “The Workmen’s Hall is most people’s favourite Blaenavon building. We’re very proud of it and were unhesitantly and unanimously in favour of helping upgrade the cinema to make it even more popular.
“We were also delighted to provide the matchfunding to help lever in the £194,000 European monies, which will help make the hall physically sustainable for the foreseeable future.”
Anyone who can support the cinema either through volunteering time to run evening screenings or by contributing to the programming effort, should contact the Rod Denley-Jones on 01495 792661 or via [email protected]