Feature Attraction: AMC Installing Recliners In Theaters

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AMC Installing Recliners in Theaters


The best place to watch a movie is at home in a comfy chair. But what if that comfy chair was inside the theater?

WNYW reports that is apparently the plan for Kansas City-based theater chain AMC, which is now installing La-Z-Boy-style recliners in around a third of its auditoriums. ABC reports:

"AMC is announcing that it's spending hundreds of millions of dollars outfitting theaters with La-Z-Boy-type seats that will allow you to recline all the way back as you watch your film."

KNXV reports: "Take a look at the chairs there. You might fall asleep if the movies not action-packed."

The new, more cushy seats, are already installed at several of the chains theaters, with renovations running about $350,000 to $500,000 per auditorium according to The Hollywood Reporter. The total will run at about $600 million over the next five years, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 23: A general view of atmosphere at a special screening of 'Deliver Us From Evil' for The NYPD Sergeants Benevolent Association at AMC Loews 34th Street 14 theater on June 23, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for Sony Pictures Entertainment)
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NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 23: A general view of atmosphere at a special screening of 'Deliver Us From Evil' for The NYPD Sergeants Benevolent Association at AMC Loews 34th Street 14 theater on June 23, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for Sony Pictures Entertainment)
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And despite making for less room - reportedly 50 to 70-percent less seating per theater - the new seats might actually be making for better business for the theaters.

As The Wall Street Journal reports, attendance has been up some 80-percent in theaters that have undergone the renovations - with the same theaters seeing a 60-percent increase in revenue over the first quarter of 2014.

Which is good news considering the competition theaters have faced from the likes of Netflix and Hulu in recent years.

So, we know what you're thinking, 'Will this increase ticket prices?' - and the answer is 'yes' ... eventually.

Cinema Blend points out tickets will eventually go up $1 to $2, but only after a grace period of a few years with the new seating arrangements.

And according to Variety, outside of the comfy seats there will also be other new amenities to draw viewers in - like "full dine-in capabilities," - so the price might not feel like such a hike.

AMC says it will continue rolling out the renovations over the next five years, so if they're not to your town yet - just get comfortable.
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