19 Dec

Return of the King and awful seats

Do: see ROTK, multiple times if possible.

Don’t: see ROTK at the Majestic Bay Theatre in Ballard, unless you arrive early enough not to have to sit in the front. The front row seats there are the worst I have seen at any theater, bar none — and craning your neck for three hours is not exactly fun. I was continually distracted by neck aches and the distortion that made Elijah Wood’s neck even more hellishly thick.

The greed of theater owners astounds me. Older theaters always had the front row seats far enough away that you didn’t have to crane your neck. If they want people to come to theaters, they need to ensure that the experience is enjoyable for everyone.

3 thoughts on “Return of the King and awful seats

  1. Are you sure it just wasn’t the movie? I’ve never been to the Majestic Bay, but I did sit in the front row of a theater and nearly hurt myself watching the trailer for [i]Return of the Jedi[/i]. Watching the following movie (I forget what it was) wasn’t as bad an ordeal.

  2. Nope, it was the seats. We were basically under the screen and even leaning back as far as we could in the chairs still had to bend our necks pretty severely.

    It didn’t help that the seats weren’t at all reclinable.

  3. Maybe you should have just gotten out of your seat and lain down on the floor. I did that at a drive-in once… Wait! Never mind. I just remembered what theater floors are like. :b

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