By Janee Law
Recliners are coming to the Huntington village movie theater.
Portions of AMC Loews Shore 8 movie theater, located at 37 Wall St., are currently closed due to renovations, which are planned to include improvements to all eight of the theater’s auditoriums, along with its restrooms and concession stand, a corporate spokesman said Tuesday.
Ryan Noonan, director of corporate communications for AMC, said “it’s a full theater renovation,” one intended to focus on “enhancing the movie-going experience for guests.”
Renovations include installing plush power recliners and new speakers, sound systems and screens in each of the eight auditoriums.
Once the auditoriums are fit with the new recliners, Noonan said, seating capacity will be reduced and the theater begin to offer reserved seating, with tickets being sold online and at the box office.
A renovated, “guest-friendly” concession stand will also offer “more than just popcorn and candy,” he said. It will also include hot foods, such as chicken tenders, French fries and pizza.
Noonan added that Coca-Cola Freestyle machines will also be installed and will give consumers more drink options.
Renovations began late last month, and are being completed in two phases. Half of the auditoriums are currently undergoing renovations, while the other half remain open.
Noonan said renovations are expected to be completed by early 2017.
The Huntington location is one of more than 80 AMC theaters nationwide to undergo renovations, Noonan added.
"We found great success and tremendous feedback from guests at other locations around the country," he said. "Within the last five years, AMC has been at the forefront of the industry in terms of renovating and enhancing the movie going experience for guests."