Some chair components, like those made of iron, can be restored over and over again. We've seen many that have been restored at least once before, and that we will someday fully restore again. Others cannot be restored to a quality level that will . At Irwin, our experience helps us recognize which chairs are good candidates for refurbishing and which ones should be replaced. For instance, a sample chair was sent from a historic theater in California. When our engineers evaluated it, we sadly came to the conclusion that there was a great deal of risk involved in restoring these chairs. When things like this happen, we work to present alternatives that will keep the look and feel of the theater, while offering more comfortable, durable options. In some cases, customers will opt for restoring the ends to keep the look of the theater the same, but will replace the seats with modern, wider ones.
Historic seating often has significance to the community. When we helped with the restoration of the Florida Theater in Jacksonville, we installed 2000 new chairs. However, local ghost stories gave some of the balcony seating local fame and significance. We helped the theater keep these noteworthy balcony seats in the facility by restoring them.