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COVID-19 conscious movie theater seats? It’s happening

These are actually kind of gorgeous.

words by: Sahar Khraibani
Sep 8, 2020

I don’t know about you, but one of the pre-pandemic activities that I missed the most is going to movie theaters. Right before we had to shelter in place, and entertainment centers had to shut down, I had gotten into the habit of having a weekly Sunday movie night at some of my local movie theaters in Brooklyn. It was perfect. Going into a movie, not knowing much about it, and leaving a couple of hours later with so much impatience for next week’s discovery. For a while now, it seemed like things started getting back to a “somewhat” normal state, with restaurants offering outdoor dining, and streets gaining their life back. But movie theaters were still dead.



Well, this may not be the case for too long. The London-based agency, Layer, has conceived of movie theater seats, called Sequel, that are meant to limit the spread of COVID-19. How? The seats are supposedly fabricated with antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal fabrics carefully woven with copper oxide threads. These chairs are built without any crevices, limiting the amount of dirt and unsanitary buildups that may accumulate. They come with semi-translucent and protective screens positioned at the headrest creating a barrier with people next to you. On top of that, behind each seat, virus-killing UV lights are installed as well as built-in cubbies for additional sterilization.


I mean, woah. It feels like we are in the future – the one we used to watch in movies and never thought we’d experience in real life. But here we are, and if I’m being honest, I kind of can’t wait to try it out. While you wait, check out these Netflix joints to keep you occupied.



Photos via Layer