I’ll be honest, I don’t spend a lot of time at the movies but when I saw how this story exploded, I was surprised by how strongly people were reacting to the change.
I saw on Facebook a few weekends ago that friends of mine started complaining about Colonie Center and couldn’t imagine why. Apparently, when they went to go see Jurassic World, they were surprised by the new movie seating policy. Gone are the free-for-all days and now, you must reserve your specific seats before going to Regal.
I first started seeing people up-in-arms on Albany Reddit. A lot of issues were brought up: people showing up late because there’s no need to show up for a film early when your seat is reserved, issues with the person next to you and the inability to move, taller people not being able to get the seats with more leg room, etc. Granted, there were people fighting for it as well: not having to wait in line before a big blockbuster to get the seat you want, how it’s similar to sporting events and it’s odder that this wasn’t always the way, etc.
I’m still not really sure how I feel about it, especially since I haven’t been to the movies since the change. Now that we’ve had some time to get used to it, and chances are this will start to be the norm at Regal Theatres around the country, how was it?