By Jenny Johnson – Ready for a great family movie weekend? State Wayne Phoenix Theatre is ready to wow you with an enhanced movie going experience.
They have completed renovations that include all new carpet, theater lighting, bigger screens in two theaters and luxury electric reclining seats with cup holders and arm rests that can be raised for love seat seating.
“It is like watching a movie in your living room,” said Cory Jacobson, owner, Phoenix Theatres.
The concession stand has added Starbucks coffee, tea and hot chocolate. Digital monitors have been installed for menu boards and there are digital signs in the box office and above each theater displaying the movies currently playing.
In just over 24 hours they replaced the old theater seats with black electric reclining seats complete with a footrest.
While these seats offer extra comfort for all movie goers., they are especially nice for those with leg and back problems or those in wheelchairs.
The theater will now have reclining seats in all four of its theaters- 306 double seats and 15 singles. The 75” aisles can fit a wheelchair and make these new chairs completely handicapped accessible.
These power reclining leather seats, make Phoenix Theatres one of the first movie theatre chains in the country to have 100% reclining seats. Phoenix Theatre’s Monroe location had the seats installed in October and their Laurel Park location will get them in time for Christmas.
“Sales are unbelievable in Monroe, “Jacobson said. They had 12,000 more visitors this October than last October, before they got the luxury seating.
“These seats are something people are driving distances to experience,” he said.
Santa will come all the way from the North Pole to check out the new additions at State Wayne Theatre. He will make an appearance in the Dec. 5 Wayne Rotary Christmas Parade. Then he will meet with all of the good little boys and girls of Wayne in Theater IV. State Wayne will offer a free family friendly movie after the parade and Santa visits.
State Wayne is also planning fundraisers to help Wayne-Westland Community Schools. John Glenn High School Week is Dec. 15-18. Proceeds from ticket sales will go toward charities supported by the students of John Glenn and Champions of Wayne day is Dec. 20. Proceeds from movie sales that day will be donated to the Champions of Wayne Program at Wayne Memorial High School.
Jacobson and his staff look forward to welcoming the community to come and enjoy the new improvements at the same prices.
“It is a very comfortable movie going experience at no additional cost,” he said. “There isn’t a bad seat in the house.”
It is like the difference between flying first class and coach,” he said. But customers are getting first class seating for an affordable price.
The classic element of the theater with the improved sound, screens, 3D capability and luxury seating offers a fantastic movie going experience.
There are less than 100 theaters nationwide with luxury reclining seating. There are more than 40,000 theaters nation wide.
But even with all of the changes and additions, the dragon in Stage IV will stay the same.
Phoenix Theatres State-Wayne Theatre is located at 35310 Michigan Ave. Wayne. Ticket prices are $7 for adults and $4 for children 11 and under and seniors 60 and over. Matinee prices (before 6 p.m.) are $4.50 for adults and $4 for children and seniors.