There’s a recliner chair for everyone
Last night, I went to Ferris Reel’s advance screening of “Don Jon” at the AMC theater on 84th Street. The new film, which will open in theaters next week, was written and directed by this guy:
Now that I have your attention, I’m going to shift the focus away from the handsome man holding a kitten. This is not that love story.
Nor is it a story about love, excepting the love between a moviegoer and his or her leather reclining chair. That’s right, I said leather reclining chair.
You see, over the summer, AMC started renovating their location at 84th Street. Gothamist claims that it was once the worst theater in Manhattan, which I can’t confirm, because I actually don’t remember what it used to be like. It was, at the very least, forgettable.
But when I walked into theater four on Tuesday night, I realized what a difference a summer renovation makes. My Columbia Admirers post would read someone like, “AMC 6—what the hell were you doing over the summer? You came back super hot. Like, damn.”
There are leather reclining chairs in all of the theater’s six screening rooms. You basically sit in a room with 90 other people, and everyone gets a chair to themselves. There’s something elementally satisfying and joyous and communal about that. The feeling is comparable to how pretty much all humans think that tiny things are adorable. We have things in common, guys! For example: Everyone loves a comfy chair.
There are a couple of truly great things about these chairs beyond just the atmosphere that they create. For one, the reclining action is motorized, so it’s not like your armchair back home that has one of those weird, fake wood handles that you have to pull in order for the comfort to begin. You press a button, and suddenly you’re in a reclining chair.
Secondly, the people walking by you to their seats don’t have to awkwardly shuffle past because your legs are in the way. They just walk between your recliner and the row of seats in front of you, and it’s totally fine. What a simple pleasure.
The helpful concessions guy also shared with me that (1) you can reserve your seat in advance online, so you can avoid the rush to the theater and get a prime spot for you and your leather recliner, (2) all of the screens are also new, and (3) he loves his job. As you would expect, leather recliners make for happy customers.
One last note: You may or may not be aware that Obama has a luxurious screening room at the White House. Only the first row of seats are plush recliners. Which means that if you’re Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovon, who is 12th in line for the presidency, you probably don’t get a recliner. No disrespect to him, but I bet he hasn’t sat in one of them.
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