Comfy new seats complete cinema’s makeover

Becky Hallsmith enjoys the new seats at the Ultimate Picture Palace. Picture: OX67308 Antony Moore

Becky Hallsmith enjoys the new seats at the Ultimate Picture Palace. Picture: OX67308 Antony Moore

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OXFORD’S oldest cinema has reached the final phase of a major revamp thanks to help from movie lovers.

East Oxford’s Ultimate Picture Palace has been undergoing a major £100,000 refurbishment over the past three years.

And yesterday more than 100 new seats costing £30,000 were installed to bring the project to an end.

Owner Becky Hallsmith, pictured, raised more than £9,000 for the new seats through a public appeal supported by about 240 patrons.

She installed a new sound system and digital projector after taking over the Grade II-listed cinema in 2011.

She said: “I am thrilled to bits. The whole thing just happened organically. When I took over the business three years ago we started off with projector issues that had to be dealt with and as time went on I became aware of more jobs that needed doing.

“I am really pleased with the result, the place looks beautiful.”

Last year the building was given an award by Oxford Preservation Trust for its new external lighting.

Other work has included removing damp.

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