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A List of Popular Theater Seating Manufacturers




Many large companies advertise themselves as theater seating manufacturers. Other companies are exclusively dedicated to this style of seating and are less known. Here's a list of theater seating manufacturers for you to take a look at.

Acoustic Innovations: (www.acousticinnovations.com) AI offers theater seating as well as various acoustic products and theater design services. Their custom chairs are available in a selection of leather, velvet, and suede. Options include motorized recline with heat and massage. You can even provide them with your own fabric and they'll upolster your chair with it. Center console modules are also available providing a hiding place for remote control lighting or a touch-screen. Acoustic Innovations doesn't sell to furniture stores or direct to consumers but only to professional theater installers. Pricing starts at under $1,000 for entry-level seating.
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    Berkline: (www.berkline.com) Berkline have been manufacturing home furniture for years and have only recently entered the home theater market. They offer different chair styles for various room themes and viewing applications (sports, movies, television). Available options are power or manual recline, hidden food and beverage trays, a custom video game console which acts as a wedge between two chairs, and they they are the only manufacturer to offer factor-installed Butt-Kicker tactile transducers. Their website features a "Room Planner" tool allowing you to configure their home theater furniture in many different configurations. Prices start at around $550 per chair.

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    Cineak: (www.cineak.com) Cineak manufacture custom and made-to-order chairs based on a handful of attractive designs. They offer emboidering and embossing, custom seat dimensions (TheaterCinema line only), custom upholstery, fabric, and wood colors. Available options include electronic lumbar support, a heating and vibration system, and Crowson tactile transducer systems. They don't offer true "wall-hugger" chair designs, however.

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    Elite HTS: (www.elitehts.com) Elite is a manufacturer of high-end home theater seating. Their website allows you to select from a variety of models and customize them by choosing different fabrics, colors, stitching, and other design elements. Prices range from around $1,990 to $3,000 USD for individual chairs with the power recline feature and they offer a 10-year warranty. They're easily the BMW of theater chairs.

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    Figueras International Seating: (www.figueras.com) Manufacturers of a broad range of seating for applications including concert halls, stadiums, and film theaters. Their products are geared toward commercial applications and they offer very few traditional home theater seating. Their website is stylistic and fairly difficult to navigate.

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    Irwing Seating Company: (www.irwingseating.com) Irwing has been around forever. They started in 1907 making class-room and auditorium seating. Today they cover the whole gamut from lecture halls, stadiums, and yes, home theaters. They have a limited selection of true home theater seats, but offer such options as cast-iron legs, custom embroidery, built-in power and data outlets, telescopic headrests, and wooden accents. This chart lists the options available on each chair model. Prices range from around $2,000 to $5,300.
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    Palliser: (www.palliser.com) You can find Palliser furniture in virtually any funiture store in North America. Like Berkline, Palliser's website features a useful room building and layout tool. They offer leather and power recline options. Palliser doesn't have true "wall hugger" seat designs but do have a wall clearance of around 2 to 4" depending on the model. Pricing starts at around $599 per chair.
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    Premiere Home Theater Seating: (www.premierehts.com) Premiere offer a wide variety of chair styles that would easily complement any home theater theme. With manufacturing facilities located in California, Premiere design and build their own chairs and offer them to customers with many customizable options. They have one of the largest selection of leather coverings in the industry. Their chairs use reclining mechanisims from Legget & Platt, a leader in commercial pre-engineered components and they were voted #1 Seating Vendor by the 2002 Inside Track national supplier loyalty survey. Pricing starts at about $995 per chair and can exceed $2,000 for higher-end chairs like their Bijou and LaReina models.
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    Loftgoods Gamepod: (www.iwantGamepod.com) Not to be confused with the Gamepod racing seat used for video gaming, the Gamepod is definitely in a class by itself. Not a conventional home theater chair, the latest version of the Gamepod has a pair of built-in speakers and a 150 watt tactile transducer to make you feel every explosion and rumble. The Gamepod has 10 degrees of recline that doesn't require any power mechanism or manual lever to adjust. You simply lean back and it will recline for you and it'll return to its normal position if you stand up. It also has a 180 degree swivel that auto-centers.

    The Gamepod's speakers and transducer are fed by a wireless adapter you can connect to a television, DVD player, VCR, video game console, or A/V receiver and has a 25 foot range. Very cool. Pricing for the Gamepod varies quite a bit. The chair plus ottoman can be found online starting at around $450 but be prepared to pay more at most places.
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