Many movie theaters are looking for new ways to enhance the theater experience after a mediocre year at the domestic box office. But a focus on attention to detail and the overall experience beyond just the theater screen is something that the world's most luxurious theaters have strived for from the beginning.
With newly placed technology that extends beyond the theater screen and into the seating itself, movie theaters offer a range of innovations on the age-old theater-going experience.
Beyond upgrades to the projectors themselves, the most dominant trend in the evolution of modern movie theaters is the ability to order food and drinks from the comfort of your seat. But some theaters have innovated upon that concept even further — Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas installs buttons on every seat allowing you to silently call over staff when you're ready to order, for example.
There's even a theater in London that gives every moviegoer a tray filled with various mystery boxes, each designed to be opened and enjoyed at specific points in the movie, containing one-bite treats and mini cocktails that connect to various elements or scenes. Others, like the Alamo Draft House, offer the luxury of not having to worry about disruptive guests, with a zero tolerance policy on talking that's actively enforced by kicking out obnoxious guests. In India, one theater pumps a floral scent through the air conditioning.
With theaters competing for the best luxury amenities, moviegoers have more options than ever to choose from.
Here are the 1o most luxurious theaters in the world:
Edible Cinema in London, England
Every guest at an Edible Cinema screening is given a tray filled with numbered "mystery boxes," each containing either a bite-sized morsel, or a mini cocktail that connect to specific moments in whatever film is being screened.
Rajmandir Cinema in Jaipur, India
The Rajmandir is one of the most beautiful theaters in the world. The lobby of the Rajmandir is adorned with chandeliers, custom-made wooden tiles, and glass inlay.
And to further enhance every guest's experience at the Rajmandir, the air is scented with a floral aroma that is pumped through the air conditioning.
Nitehawk Cinema in Brooklyn, NY
At Nitehawk Cinema, guests can order unique and delicious cocktails, dinner, and snacks (including the signature truffle oil popcorn) while they catch the latest indie flick of their choice.
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