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Forum 8 installs seats that jerk, vibrate with screen action

Friday, September 28, 2012 | 1:39 p.m. CDT; updated 8:15 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, October 3, 2012

COLUMBIA — Forum 8 Theater recently added motion seating options, but there's a catch: Getting one of these moving seats tacks on another $8 to the ticket price.

The new chairs, which are called D-BOX motion seats, move in sync with the action on screen, featuring a moderate range of motion, vibrations and sudden jerks.  The technology is working its way through Goodrich Quality Theater locations in the Midwest and is already in use throughout the country. Forum 8 is the first theater equipped with the seats in Missouri.

Friday is the first day the motion seats are available in Forum 8 Theater.  One screening room now has 26 D-BOX seats — two rows of regular seating have been replaced, as well as two handicapped seats.

The motion of the chairs is moderate — a person holding popcorn isn't going to spill it. A sample screening Friday morning showed examples of how the seats work during of a scene in “The Polar Express.” The seats made a sudden downhill train ride seem more realistic. They shook, swayed and pulled back when the train finally came to a stop. A second viewing took out the movement of the chair.

The first movie available for D-BOX viewing is "Dredd 3D," but some upcoming titles are "Frankenweenie," "Paranormal Activity 4" and "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2."

Spectators can try the seats out in the lobby prior to purchasing their tickets, where two D-BOX seats preview the experience using a brief movie trailer.

Ticket prices at Forum 8 Theater vary by viewing time and with various age discounts, but an adult evening ticket to see a 3-D movie in a D-BOX seat costs $19.50.

Amanda Wilson, Forum 8 employee, joked on Friday morning about the effect the new seats have on the movie-going experience.

“It kind of makes it hard to go back watching movies without it.”

Supervising editor is Jeanne Abbott.


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