Historic Bangor Auditorium seats sell out in hours

The wooden seats of the Bangor Auditorium can be seen after sheets of asbestos siding were removed from the defunct community facility two weeks ago.
Kevin Bennett
The wooden seats of the Bangor Auditorium can be seen after sheets of asbestos siding were removed from the defunct community facility two weeks ago. Buy Photo
Posted June 21, 2013, at 2:54 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Organizers of the Maine Basketball Hall of Fame announced Friday that wooden seats from the historic Bangor Auditorium made available to the public have sold out.

About 350 pairs of seats were made available for purchase at the Bass Park complex beginning Friday morning and were bought up by mid-afternoon, organizers said. Each pair was sold for $25 — raking in about $8,750. All proceeds go toward the effort to build a Maine Basketball Hall of Fame in the concourse of the new Cross Insurance Center.

Before demolition began at the auditorium this month, volunteers from Penobscot Job Corps and the United Technologies Center unbolted and removed the seats, along with some boards from the bleachers. The seats were sold only in pairs because of the way they were constructed.

Peter Webb, Maine’s basketball commissioner, said as he and other organizers were cleaning up the Bass Park barn where the seats were stored, that he was pleased, but not surprised with how quickly the seats sold, “being familiar with Eastern Maine and the memories this place provided from one end of the state to the other.”

The seats sold out around 1:30 p.m., about three hours after organizers opened up sales.

The sale was scheduled to continue on Saturday, but that has been canceled because no more seats are available, Webb said.

Webb said it would not have been possible to remove more seats from the auditorium in the timeframe they had between the final events at the auditorium, the planned demolition, and the schedules of the UTC and Penobscot Job Corps students.

It’s too dangerous to get more seats now that about half the auditorium is a heap of rubble.

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