The Jetty Memorial Theatre is seeing a revitalisation and upgrade – great news for the community!
Coffs Harbour residents have an opportunity to secure a piece of local Coffs Harbour history on Saturday June 11th at 1pm (viewing from 10am) with the sale of the Jetty Memorial Theatre’s seats set to go under the hammer, following installation of a beautiful all-new set of seats for the first time in nearly 90 years.
The original 100 wooden seats were installed in 1931 at the theatre, then called the Jetty Memorial Hall, by John W Gerard who had secured a license to screen films at the venue. John Gerard was a prominent Coffs Harbour identity, owning the Tasma Cinema until its closure in 1965 – a consequence of the introduction of television to the region. An additional 150 seats with cast iron bases were added to the theatre after the Tasma Cinema closure, which now make up the tiered section of the theatre.
“It’s a bitter-sweet feeling to replace the seats after nearly 90 years. They have been present at many of Coffs Harbour’s most iconic live performances, music gigs, film festivals, and theatre shows. We are incredibly excited to revitalise JMT with all-new seating to herald in a new look and feel for the Jetty Theatre. I think the people of Coffs Harbour will love an opportunity to own a piece of local history,” explains Jetty Memorial Theatre David Brammah.
Punters will be able to bid on bays of 2, 3, 4, and 5 chairs as collectors’ pieces for their homes and offices. The auction will be facilitated by local firm Aylward Auctioneers & Valuers. Viewing is available at at Unit 3/50 Marcia Street, Coffs Harbour from 10am on June 11th. Demand has already been high with requests coming through from individuals and businesses alike.
The auction link will be available soon. Check back with this website soon for more details.
Secure your piece of local history.
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Jetty Memorial Theatre Trust