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Take a seat

Abigail Eagye

More than 100 seats from the Wheeler Opera House are still up for sale, but not for long. The opera house is replacing the downstairs seats and is selling the old ones to the public. Prices start at $150 a pair. After that, the price is based on a sliding scale, with the cost going down the more chairs a person buys. The end stanchions – the decorative piece found at the ends of every row – are also available in limited supply.Roughly 120 remain of the 370 seats originally up for sale, and Gail Mason, operations manager at the opera house, said she wants them to be sold before Aug. 21, when the removal process begins. After that, the theater can store the seats briefly in the lobby, but not for long.The seats are not the opera house’s original seats, which were “either destroyed during the fires that plagued the theater in its first 20 or so years, or were otherwise disposed of,” Mason said in a news release. “But the seating we are offering certainly has a lot of Wheeler history attached to it, and we understand that Aspenites have been looking for this kind of opportunity for years.”For more information, call Mason at 920-5783, or e-mail her at gailm@ci.aspen.co.us.Abigail Eagye’s e-mail address is abby@aspentimes.com