‘Love Seats’ Add New Dimension To Movies

THURSDAY, JAN. 8, 1998

The pulse-quickening questions surrounding that first date - what to wear? how to act? - just grew by one: arm up or arm down?

The “love seat” is coming to New York in a new Times Square movie complex, giving couples the option of lifting the arm between the seats to create a cozier viewing experience.

“We think of it as bringing more family entertainment to Times Square,” said Sonny Stuffle, an executive with AMC Theaters, which has included the chairs in plans for a 25-screen, 125,000-square-foot mega-plex on the redeveloped 42nd Street. “If you want to cozy up with your date, you can.”

That might not be welcome news for everyone.

“The love seat presents potential problems in first-date situations,” warned Gersh Kuntzman, a New York Post columnist. “Some of us rely on that armrest to prevent terrible early-courting disasters.”

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