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Makeover at River Cinema to include ‘luxury recliners’ for two theaters


A $500,000 remodeling project at an East Grand Forks movie theater will include “luxury recliners” for two auditoriums.

River Cinema 15 plans to install the electric reclinable chairs in its two largest theaters in the coming months, manager Penny Stai said. The chairs will have movable headrests and will be heated, she said.

The chairs are part of a remodel project to celebrate the theater’s 10-year anniversary, Stai said. River Cinema replaced rugs and remodeled five of its auditoriums. Larger theaters in metropolitan areas have installed similar chairs, and moviegoers have requested the luxury seating, Stai added.

“It’s something that is starting to come our way, so we would like to be on top of it and make sure provide we provide the best comfort that customers want,” she said.

The theater located in the Riverwalk Centre often puts money back into its facility, but it wanted to do something special for its 10-year anniversary, Stai said.

The chairs portion of the project cost about $400,000. Stai hopes one theater will be ready for Thanksgiving and the second by mid-December.

April Baumgarten

April Baumgarten joined the Grand Forks Herald May 19, 2015, and covers crime and education. She grew up on a ranch 10 miles southeast of Belfield, where her family raises registered Hereford cattle. She double majored in communications and history/political science at Jamestown (N.D.) College, now known as University of Jamestown. During her time at the college, she worked as a reporter and editor-in-chief for the university's newspaper, The Collegian. Baumgarten previously worked for The Dickinson Press as a city government and energy reporter in 2011 before becoming the editor of the Hazen Star and Center Republican. She then returned to The Press as a news editor, where she helped lead an award-winning newsroom in recording the historical oil boom.

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