Does Imax have Recliners?

Have you noticed theaters and cinemas recently have started putting recliners? Well, if not you probably might not have been to a theater recently. Surprisingly, a few popular movie theaters already have recliners.

If I’m the first one to break this news to you, you probably have been wondering if Imax has recliners as well.

This was my first question as well when I heard about this. Most theaters now have recliners however whether Imax has or has no recliners, here is the answer;

Does Imax Have Recliners?

No, for the record Imax theaters do not have recliners, they never had as well. So, if you prefer watching movies in “exceptionally” comfortable seats, Imax is not the right choice.

That’s pretty disappointing but we can not do anything about it. More surprising is that Imax is not even planning to include recliners anytime in the future as well.

Why Don’t Imax Have Recliners?

It has been circulating that Imax does not have recliners because they don’t work for their viewing design criteria.

Honestly, I have been to Imax many many times and I found this reason to be 100% valid as well. If they include recliners, the Imax theater‘s entire viewing design criteria has to be changed.

Imax might not have recliners but these theaters do have an alternative seat;
Recliners is a fancy name given to an ultra-comfortable leather chair with a reclining back and integral footrest.

The Imax theaters do not have recliners however, they do have an alternative. The alternative Imax-approved seat has a little flair but lacks a footrest.

These alternative seats are not as comfortable as the recliners are. However, they are better than not regular Imax seats. So, if you have to watch movies in Imax theaters comfortably, you can book these seats.

Imax does not have “very” comfortable seats anyway

It is quite funny to expect the Imax-approved alternative to be more comfortable than the recliners.

The Imax’s regular seats are not that comfortable. The seats only have an inch of depth and they lack the back-space as well. Therefore, how would the alternative be as comfortable as recliners?

Imax belongs to the list of top luxurious movie theaters. These theaters are most known for their bigger screens(40% bigger than the regular theaters). However, the seats are a bit uncomfortable for the elderly or people with health issues.

These theaters deliver a better, clear, and more vivid image and a powerful sound no matter where you sit but sadly not comfortable seats.



In brief, no Imax does not have recliners, they have an Imax-approved alternative that has no footrest. These seats are not as comfortable as the recliners but they are more luxurious than the regular Imax chairs.


  • Will Nob has extensive experience with Laser Projectors. His job was to assemble laptops and projectors for a famous company in the United States. Several of his articles and research papers have been published.

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