Cinemark at Tulsa adds motion simulator seats
TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) —
Among the rows of leather-wrapped recliners in two of the auditoriums at Cinemark Tulsa, two full rows with the word "D-Box" are newly embroidered on the headrests.
"It kind of rocks, vibrates, shakes, tilts forward, back, left right," said Chelse Benton with Cinemark.
The D-Box is a self-contained motion simulator. All the movements correspond directly to the action seen on screen. If a viewer sees an explosion, they feel it. If Luke Skywalker jumps, the viewer jumps with him.
"If you're in Justice League, and there's punching back and forth, you move with the punches left and right. If it's a roller coaster it goes up and down with the movie," said Benton.
The seats also have an adjustment option on the side so that the viewer can choose how much action they feel while they're watching the movie.
There is a seat in the lobby that can be used as a trial for anyone interested, and despite almost no advertising, Benton said word of mouth has made these seats immensely popular in the past few weeks.
"If these ones we have now start doing consistently well, I'm guessing they will probably expand a lot more, even into some of our sister theaters, too," Benton said.
This could be the future of cinema. It wouldn't be surprising to see more of these seats appearing at other local theaters in the near future.