There is a new hotspot for heavy petting on the Upper West Side.
The AMC Loews movie theater on 84th street and Broadway was recently renovated. Among the new amenities are cushy reclining seats, that have already been drawing couples who “go to” the movies but don’t really “watch” the movies. The seats (pictured above) are more than big enough for two people and “cry out for amorous activity,” according to a New York Post reporter who recently visited. Each auditorium has between 110 and 183 of the seats, and it sounds like most of them are filled with couples — some of whom drape coats over themselves and start going at it before the film even starts. Word is getting around: The Post even quotes a young man from Westchester who travels downtown so he can have some alone time with his girlfriend. Teenagers, of course, are big fans.
The new loveseats are a huge hit with teens. Upper West Sider Richard Velazquez, 40, was seated in the same row as an enthusiastic teen couple at a “World War Z” showing last month. “Even before the previews started, they were going at it,” says Velazquez.
“She was not entirely on top of him, but a quarter of the way there. When the movie ended, they were still at it. I was thinking, ‘Get a room already,’ but the theater was their room!”
No word yet on whether someone sprays the seats down with disinfectant after each showing.
AMC was clearly looking for a way to set the theater apart — Gothamist called it the worst theater in the city earlier this year because of complaints about”poor sound quality, dirty conditions, late movie starts, rowdy patrons, screaming babies, broken seats, unfocused projection screens, rude employees and all around unpleasantness.”
AMC personnel aren’t exactly denying that the theaters are set up for getting it on, though it sounds like they sometimes have to tell overly frisky couples to cool it. “As for whether AMC actually welcomes couples getting hot and heavy, AMC spokesperson Ryan Noonan would only acknowledge that it was ‘a great date-night theater, perfect for couples.’”
Does a hot-and-heavy theater sound appealing to you? Let us know in the comments.