The historic TCL Chinese Theatres in Hollywood, Calif. may be best known for the nearly 200 celebrity handprints, footprints, and autographs in the courtyard, but it will soon also be known as the first theaters to debut the SafeTSeat for safe social distancing at the movies.
The 2013 partnership between the world-famous Chinese Theatre and one of China’s biggest electronics manufacturers, TCL (The Creative Life), brought many exciting upgrades to the iconic Hollywood movie house, including the conversion of one of the auditoriums to an MX4D Motion EFX movie theater for the opening of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” in December 2017.
Now, California-based MediaMation, Inc.—the creators of MX4D Motion EFX Theatres—has introduced the SafeTSeat. This plexiglass barrier allows for separation and social distancing between moviegoers in both standard and MX4D Motion EFX theaters. MediaMation has once again teamed up with TCL Chinese Theatres to install the seating mechanisms as just one of the safety measures that the theaters will be implementing when they re-open.
“We are planning to initiate a safety protocol for customers that are as good if not better than that of our peers,” says a rep for the TCL Chinese Theatres. “The SafeTSeat is among the key components that will help make the plan an industry-standard as we await permission from the county to re-open.”
SafeTSeat is one of the first protective device designed especially for public seating and is intended to give viewers a feeling of security and safety when they enjoy their experiences at theaters, auditoriums, stadiums, or event venues. SafeTSeat also ensures that specified seats remain empty to guarantee social distancing, while the clear view provides a shared group and immersive experience without feeling confined.