Latest News | 26 January 2021

QUAD patrons back venue’s ‘Sponsor a Seat’

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The patrons at QUAD have backed a scheme, which allows customers to name or dedicate their favourite cinema seats at the venue.

Launched last year, the Sponsor a Seat scheme has so far sold over 100 bespoke cinema seat dedications, which have been purchased by customers, sponsors and supporters.

Among those to sponsor a seat are QUAD’s patrons Dr Jo Twist and Dr John Tams and Derby Film Festival patron David Morrissey.

Derbyshire-based musician Dr John Tams was the music maker for the international live stage production and film War Horse. He became a patron of QUAD in 2012.

He said: “QUAD is not a building – it’s an ethos. Amidst all the excellent outreach initiatives – QUAD also shows brilliant films!”

Dr Jo Twist OBE is the chief executive of UKIE, the UK games and Interactive Entertainment network, deputy chair of the British Screen Advisory Council, London Tech Ambassador and BAFTA Games Committee member.

She said: “Derby QUAD is a fantastic space for creatives in the area – it’s a great idea to raise money for the charity via a sponsored seat.”

Walking Dead actor David Morrissey has been involved with QUAD since 2010, where he has hosted events and become patron of Derby Film Festival.

He said: “I have been to many events at QUAD and always enjoyed the atmosphere there. Such a wonderful venue.

“I’m very happy to have a seat in my name and look forward to sitting in it next time I am able to get up there.”

To find out more about the Sponsor a Seat initiative e-mail Dr Alex Rock at or click here.

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