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I never would have imagined that choosing theater seating would be so difficult! However, it's hard to find places that actually have the seats to try out. I have looked at a wide range of prices, and would appreciate any input.


1) Palliser Casella - Our local furniture store had this model, with a beautiful leather and power recline. It was amazing how comfortable it was. I can't find this model on the Palliser site - any chance that it custom made for this furniture store? Even the leather isn't listed on sites selling other Palliser models. Hard to judge the build quality or how well it would hold up.


2) Fortress Balcony - I know Fortress makes very good seating. This is the least expensive of their lines, and in "Faux" leather with manual recline it is about 30% more than the Palliser. The only way to make it affordable is this model only with the "faux" leather. The other Fortress models are too much $$$ (like the Matinee). I can't find one to sit in, and it's pretty simple design, but I am sure it's well made. Anyone with fortress out there?


3) Leathercraft - This was the most expensive recliners I have looked at. They are at least twice the cost of the Palliser, but they certainly make high quality leather furniture - maybe not to the level of Hancock and Moore (that would be SUPER expensive), but really good. Again, can't find one to sit in and this is a very $$$ option.


It's probably down to the Palliser or Fortress options. I looked at Berkline and didn't really like them. The Palliser I know is really comfortable, cheaper, but likely isn't as well made. The Fortress is better made, more expensive, faux leather, and I haven't sat in it.


Any comments? Does anyone own any of these brands and are they still happy with their purchase?
 

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yeah, seating information is a bit fragmented, I'm on a similar search.


Most people seem to like the Berklines from what I've read. They have a decent variety so it could be the model you sat in was not tall enough/etc because it was meant for squeezing into a smaller room.


Please report back any findings!
 

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tds,


Did you make your final call? You were down to the Palliser and Fortress models. In my opinion, they are worlds apart but both excellent in their own right. Palliser stepped up the game in the theater seating arena and introduced an improved warranty which is arguably the best in the industry for that level of seating. As for Fortress, we sell relatively large quantities of this high end seat and they take customization to a new level. Quality is impeccable and it's hard to go wrong with this seat if your wallet allows it. Times are tough so don't be afraid to ask for the deal when you are looking at a Fortress seat.


Anyway, let us know what drove the decision?
 

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I never would have imagined that choosing theater seating would be so difficult! However, it's hard to find places that actually have the seats to try out. I have looked at a wide range of prices, and would appreciate any input.


1) Palliser Casella - Our local furniture store had this model, with a beautiful leather and power recline. It was amazing how comfortable it was. I can't find this model on the Palliser site - any chance that it custom made for this furniture store? Even the leather isn't listed on sites selling other Palliser models. Hard to judge the build quality or how well it would hold up.


2) Fortress Balcony - I know Fortress makes very good seating. This is the least expensive of their lines, and in "Faux" leather with manual recline it is about 30% more than the Palliser. The only way to make it affordable is this model only with the "faux" leather. The other Fortress models are too much $$$ (like the Matinee). I can't find one to sit in, and it's pretty simple design, but I am sure it's well made. Anyone with fortress out there?


3) Leathercraft - This was the most expensive recliners I have looked at. They are at least twice the cost of the Palliser, but they certainly make high quality leather furniture - maybe not to the level of Hancock and Moore (that would be SUPER expensive), but really good. Again, can't find one to sit in and this is a very $$$ option.


It's probably down to the Palliser or Fortress options. I looked at Berkline and didn't really like them. The Palliser I know is really comfortable, cheaper, but likely isn't as well made. The Fortress is better made, more expensive, faux leather, and I haven't sat in it.


Any comments? Does anyone own any of these brands and are they still happy with their purchase?

Do you have the rough pricing for these chairs?
 

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Palliser prices out at about $1k per seat with leather match and power where Fortress starts at $2k per seat - not cheap but the quality is extraordinary. These prices include shipping. I have never had any exposure to Leathercraft but their reputation is excellent.
 
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