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Kirwin & Simpson have been looking after most of London’s West End Theatres for many years and in that time we have developed a good knowledge of the specialist skills and techniques required.
Proper repair and replacement of seating and accessories in sensitive environments such as London’s Edwardian theatres requires the ability to source traditional materials, adapt and update existing installations to meet modern health & safety requirements and the skills to replicate original castings and frameworks. The ability to design new components in keeping with the interior style is also essential.
Kirwin & Simpson are delighted to be chosen to provide the seating when the Apollo Theatre. In 2014, we completed installation in 9 weeks, supplying and fitting 646 new chairs.
At the Newbridge Memorial Hall we installed new seating with a retro styling to suit the period of the building. Newbridge Memorial Hall made it through to the final of BBC2’s Restoration and despite not winning, was granted funding.
The totally refurbished building was open by HRH Prince Charles in December 2014.
We refurbished over 1000 chairs in the Stalls throughout the summer of 2013. Currently, we have a maintenance contract to keep the auditorium chairs looking their best.
We also attend to remove seating, as necessary for large events booked at the Frank Matcham designed theatre. For the Royal Variety Performance we attend to remove chairs so cameras can be set up to record the show, and broadcast it to the nation. We have also done similar works to the auditorium for Britain’s Got Talent, the Evening Standard Awards and Sunday night at the Palladium.
In August 2014 we installed brand new auditorium seating at the Stockport Plaza. The brief was to replicate the original seating installed when the Plaza first opened back in 1932, however, this had to be done mostly using black and white photographs.
The Plaza is very proud of the refurbishment and we are very happy to have played such a key role in restoring the Art Deco Cinema and Theatre back to its former glory.
Theatre Royal Drury Lane is one of London’s oldest theatres; the first theatre was built in 1663. The current building was built in 1812 and is the fourth on the site. In 2008 Kirwin & Simpson replaced over 1200 chairs in the Dress Circle, Upper Circle and Balcony. We also carry out regular maintenance to keep the chairs in the best possible condition.
As of 2021 we are working with Theatre Royal Drury Lane on their grand renovation project.
The Cutty Sark is the world’s sole surviving tea clipper. Following the outbreak of fire in 2007, the clipper underwent massive refurbishment works and reopened to the public in April 2012. As part of the refurbishment, a new studio theatre was created, to include brand new, removable seating.
In the Michael Edwards Studio Theatre we installed 130 new chairs, as pictured below. Each chair is completely removable, thus making the studio space versatile and adaptable.
We have recently designed a new performance seating with a removable shell chair for the choir stalls at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall. These chairs are fixed to the edge of the step providing a comfortable and defined seating position, that can be easily removed and stacked away, and leaves a flush floor finish.
The new Everyman, included a 400-chair theatre with the ability to fully support their diverse programme.
The brief was to retain the look, style and character of the original auditorium seating, but bring it up to modern standards of comfort and build in the flexibility and versatility required to meet a wide range of new and exacting requirements.
The chairs conform to a uniform size and footprint, making them fully interchangeable. Even the specially designed high chairs in the back row can be easily moved and re-fixed using a special floor fixing system designed and manufactured by Kirwin & Simpson. The seats were upholstered with the fabric ‘upside down’ to create a more ‘lived in’ look.
We were approached by Charcoalblue Theatre Consultants to design a stacking chair that was free-standing but had the same levels of comfort as one of our standard fixed chairs. The client had previously visited The Courtyard Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon and fell in love with the chairs we had made there.
With this brief we created a hybrid theatre/stacking chair which has turned out to be a very comfortable, versatile and unique chair. Originally specified with an arm, we produced a prototype that had a unique folding arm, so allowing it to stack. However due to spacial considerations, the client decided to go without arms and the chair has gone into production, ready to ship out this summer.
The Shakespeare Theater can transform; nine seating towers can be moved around. The chair used is an adaptation of our Carnaby Range with special fixing systems.
With the high level of interchangeability of the seating structure it was a major challenge to ensure every seat was correctly adjusted for height, back angle and sight lines and all upholstery components were interchangeable. The end result is receiving rave reviews.
Empire Cinemas are the largest independently owned cinema chain in the UK. 2015 will see Empire Cinemas introduce IMAX® Screens into their Basildon, Essex; Great Park, Birmingham and Hemel Hempstead cinemas. This was following the success of the introduction of an IMAX® Screen in their flagship cinema Empire Leicester Square in May 2014.
Kirwin & Simpson are extremely proud to be involved with the ongoing developments at Empire Cinemas. We have been servicing and refurbishing their cinemas nationwide for over 10 years now.
For the new IMAX® Screen at Basildon we have refurbished their existing seating to include the embroidered seat numbers.
The owners of the Savoy Cinema in Stockport were so impressed with the seating we designed for them at their Regal Cinema in Melton Mowbray, we were delighted to be chosen to manufacture the new seating for the Savoy.
The Savoy reopened in October 2015 after a complete refurbishment by the Mundin family, much to the delight of the locals. We designed, manufactured and installed two styles of Pullman Cinema seating for the new cinema, standard and premium.
All the chairs have bespoke cupholders with a specially designed drinks guard that features the cinema’s logo.
In the Screening Room at the MPC’s London Office, we refurbished their exiting seating with the highest levels of luxury in mind. With the added benefit of ProBax® foam technology, we created one of the most comfortable screening rooms in the city. More information about ProBax® can be found on our ProBax® page.
For the Ultimate Picture Palace in Oxford we designed and created 108 brand new cinema chairs in an Art Deco Style for their auditorium.
The design brief was to come up with a concept which took on the characteristics of the Art Deco building without compromising on comfort.
In order to make the chairs unique to the building the cupholders were customised to incorporate the Ultimate Picture Palace’s logo.
Kirwin & Simpson are the preferred seating contractor for Cineworld Cinemas, one of Europe’s leading cinema groups. Cineworld is the second largest cinema business in Europe (by number of screens) with over 200 sites.
Over the last four years we have re-upholstered over 40,000 cinema chairs, either on site or in our workshops.
Pictured: Cineworld Cinema in Broad Street, Birmingham, where we re-upholstered 3316 chairs on site in just 3 weeks.
This custom seating system was originally designed for the American School in London along with architects Foster-Wilson. The brief was to design a fixed bench unit which had apparent divisions suitable for adult use but continuous seats so that more children could be accommodated.
Build quality had to be high and robust so polished hardwood cappings were placed on the ends and top rails of the backs. The design has further evolved to incorporate higher backs, removable and tipping units, as fitted at Tormead and St Catherine’s schools.
Kirwin and Simpson are proud to say that we hold for the maintenance contract for the upkeep of the seating at the London School of Economics.
During the 2014/2015 Christmas and New Year break we removed, upholstered and refitted 223 chairs in the Hong Kong Theatre, in time for the new term to begin. We are contracted to attend four times a year to service the School’s seven theatres.
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