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post #1 of 12 Old 07-18-2014, 08:09 AM - Thread Starter
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Hi folks,

After about 17 years as a home theater fan, I'm finally getting to setup a dedicated room.

I'm worrying about seats. I cannot afford to buy decent ones new, and there is not much showing up on Craig's List around here. I've been looking at the usual recliners but have started thinking about movie theater style seats. It's about the looks, and also about the fact that my room is narrow (10.5 feet) and that style of seat takes less space. If I do it right I *might* even be able to add a second row with seats like that (my room is only about 16 feet long).

I've seen the "First Class" movie chairs from Seatcraft sold online but cannot find reviews anywhere. I did find *one* post from someone who was dissatisfied with the quality and saying they are nowhere near actual movie chairs.

I wanted to ask here in case anyone had experience with those seats, or would know other places that sell that type of seat at reasonable cost. I'd like fold down armrests with cup holders. And preferably rocker style but that's not an absolute requirement.

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I just stumbled upon these seats as well.

http://www.theaterseatingstore.com/p...heater-seating

Downside is that the arms do not fold up, per what I can tell.
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Google "used theater seating" ... there are several sites that sell good used theater chairs.
Make sure you ask the salesman, "is there any damage, what-so-ever, to the chairs? Rips? Tears? Rust? Cracks?
Don't be scared if the chairs need a good cleaning. Used movie theater chairs clean up fantastic with a steam cleaning, or a upholstery cleaning machine. Think about it, the dirt on a theater chair, coke, butter, is exactly what the upholstery detergent in a upholstery cleaning machine is formulated to clean. Some chairs (I.E. Irwin Marquees and Citations) can even have their seat bottom cushion covers removed and put in the clothes washing machine!
Do not buy junk! You get what you pay for :-)
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Thanks for taking the time to respond.

Over the weekend I found an online source for reclaimed seats and bought 5 Irwin Signatures. They look awesome on photos and I can't wait to get them. I will have to build a 2 stage riser for those but that should really be nice.

I'll post back after I get a chance to check them out.
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Just posting that I've received my used Irwin Signature seats. They look awesome and seem very comfortable, with thick foam. I find them a tad narrow but maybe that's a standard. It will probably take a few more weeks before I'm able to put them up but I wanted to report on this and say that I bought them from California Seating, and I'm very happy with the service and speed, as well as the price.

I have the impression that the seating height is a bit low but it looks like it's the same standard used at the actual movie theater and I think that instead of building a double riser/platform, I will just be getting a cheap hammer drill from Harbor Freight and bolt the front row to the concrete floor. Not sure how thick it is. This gives me more usable height for the back row riser, which doesn't need to be very large for the remaining 2 seats.
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As I said, they come from California Seating (www.californiaseating.com). No pics yet, as they are all in pieces over my living room and kitchen floor. I won't be able to put them up until I build a riser and do the carpeting, and I've got a few things to do before that...
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As I said, they come from California Seating (www.californiaseating.com). No pics yet, as they are all in pieces over my living room and kitchen floor. I won't be able to put them up until I build a riser and do the carpeting, and I've got a few things to do before that...
Perfect. Thanks for the link—I swear my reading comprehension is going as I get older.
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Hey @LeChuck -- any update? How are the seats?
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Hey,

I was only able to assemble some of them to check the height quickly and they feel comfortable, and seating height is similar to the seats at the local multiplex. These seats are nicer and more comfy though.

I am still working on the rear seat riser and once that is done, I will be able to carpet and put the seats up and report back
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These seats are nicer and more comfy though.
Fantastic. I like the sound of that. Thanks for the update.
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