Poll: Luxurious, Cushy Theater Seat Favored For Front Street Venue

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Ever wonder (probably not) what happened to last summer’s poll to pick favored seating for the new movie theater at Front Street, now under construction?

Well, the results are in:

Of the 1,700 votes cast — yes, 1,700 — the majority, 31 percent, chose the cushy — and definitely luxurious — Greystone Kingston Leather Rocker. The seat has two cup holders. Ample arm rests cut down on incidents of knocking elbows.

Kingston Leather Rocker

In making the announcement this afternoon, Spotlight Theatres Inc. of Atlanta also said it has decided to use the seat throughout the venue. The original poll, conducted at the convention center in downtown Hartford where seat samples were set up, asked participants to choose VIP seating, of which the Kingston Leather Rocker was one of three choices, and general admission seating, of which there were five choices.

Spotlight said the theater is expected to open late this summer.

“We are very pleased with the response to our seat promotion, and I think the people of Hartford and surrounding community made a great choice picking a seat produced by Greystone Seating,”  Joseph Paletta III, Spotlight’s president and CEO, said, in a release.

He noted that the Kingston Rocker was manufactured in the United States.

Those voting cast their ballots electronically at a kiosk set up near the samples.

After a series of delays, construction on the theater began late last month. Spotlight will occupy a 20,000-square foot space, roughly a third of Front Street and the development’s first tenant. Spotlight plans a four-screen, 700-seat venue.

Sample seats displayed at Convention Center in Hartford last summer. Photo by Kenneth R. Gosselin/The Hartford Courant.

Ticket prices generally range from $9 to $10 for adults and $6 to $7 for a matinee. There also would be special pricing for seniors and children.

The theater will include a restaurant where moviegoers can either stay in to eat or take their food into the auditorium. There will be small tables in the auditoriums but no service there because it could disrupt the viewing by other patrons.

The menu will include chicken wraps, pizza, burgers, fish, shrimp, rice bowls and salads.

The decision to use the Kingston Rocker may come as welcome news to those who thought they might be relegated to less comfy general admission seating. One man I interviewed during balloting sighed when testing out the VIP seating. He was resigned that he would be relegated to general admission for “lowly peons like myself.”

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5 thoughts on “Poll: Luxurious, Cushy Theater Seat Favored For Front Street Venue

  1. jory johnson

    The owners should use Alamo Draft House of Austin, TX as their model. It is the same idea except you can order both food and even beer and servers bring you food @ your seat, but to avoid disruptions during the movie you order the food by filling out an order form in writing. This would create a unique movie going experience for CT and would make their theater a destination movie location. They are headed in the right direction but half measures will avail them nothing.

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  3. Aaron L Schwartz

    I like the idea of using Cinestudio @ Trinity College than bans all food including popcorn. That way you just hear the movie instead of crunching and chewing. I completely realize I am in a severe minority of Film geeks. :-)

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