All recliner cinema to open soon in Pasadena

posted by CSWalczak on October 7, 2009 at 3:39 pm

PASADENA, CA — Village Roadshow’s Gold Class Cinemas will open its first California location in December on Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena. These small cinemas (40 seats), in addition to recliner seats, feature freshly prepared foods and cocktail service. Currently, there are two other operating Gold Class cinemas, one in Redmond, WA and another in South Barrington, IL, with another to open soon in Bolingbrook, IL.

Theater owners haven’t installed tiny refrigerators underneath movie seats yet (that’s probably coming), but Gold Class Cinemas has gained fame for a particularly comfy staple: recliners. It is, in fact, known as the all-recliner theater. And those take-a-load-off chairs are wheeling into Pasadena starting in December, when Gold Class opens its fourth outpost, and only location in the Golden State.

Read more at NBC Los Angeles.

Comments (7)

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on October 7, 2009 at 8:15 pm

$30 tickets – FOOD NOT INCLUDED! I think I’ll pass…

Manwithnoname
Manwithnoname on October 7, 2009 at 8:39 pm

When the current Bally’s in Las Vegas was the original MGM Grand they had a similar theater where you could see classic MGM films (I saw “Camille”) in a very comfortable environment with table service. Last I saw it was a comedy club. Anyway, with all of that well-to-do money in the immediate area of Pasadena (San Marino, etc) who knows? It may just do OK. As for me, I’d rather see two shows at the Dome for less money.

danpetitpas
danpetitpas on October 8, 2009 at 3:46 pm

I know I’m not the intended client of this kind of business model, but I just can’t see spending any money to see a movie in a tiny home theater-like viewing room. I can do that at home.

Dublinboyo
Dublinboyo on October 8, 2009 at 5:11 pm

I’d pay the $30 if it would guarantee people not kicking the back of my seat, checking their cel phone or Blackberry in the middle of the film or talking during the feature. I’d pay the $30 if they could do that.

KramSacul
KramSacul on October 9, 2009 at 2:51 pm

Eating while watching a movie dos not compute.

sigerts1
sigerts1 on October 11, 2009 at 2:43 am

I have to question if the concept and location is less a movie lovers theater then a resturant/lifestyle concept. The demographics of Pasadena-strongly white and old money affluent-point to the “gated community” movie theater idea. The Pacific’s Arclight is showing a pullback on customer service and if business is down Palace Theatre.50 a ticket plus $2.00 for parking imagine $30.00 plus. Few people from the Westside of LA drive to Pasadena to eat or shop. To see a movie? Maybe once.

jackfmurphy
jackfmurphy on November 29, 2009 at 5:34 pm

I went to the open house held last night (Nov. 28) to the Gold Class Cinemas in Pasadena, CA. When you enter the theatre lounge area there is a bar and lounge that would rival any first class restaurant. All done up very elegantly. I would be very pleased bringing a friend to this. The theatres themselves do have VERY wide comfortable lounge recliner seats. The foot rest is operated by a electric push button on the side of the seat, and the seat and back can tilt back almost horizontality. I am tall guy and the seats were most comfortable. There is a small side table for food and drink with a button to summon your waiter when ordering at seat service. Now for the best part – there is plenty of room in each theatre. The seats are widely spaced apart in groups and it’s unlikely that anyone will be bothering you as they pass by. There are 6 screens and each theatre has a nice big wide screen with 35mm projection. Most theatres have lounge chairs of only 40 seats. It’s like watching a movie in a billionaire’s private theatre. Very confortable and spacious. Yes there is a premium for this but well worth it. I will be a customer for sure.

Jack F. Murphy
Studio City, CA

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