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Home theater gear is a booming business

This is an article written by Jayne O’Donnell, USA Today

Home theater gear is a booming business

By Jayne O’Donnell, USA TODAY

Stores are selling more big-screen TVs and projectors for movies and games, creating a boom in sales of home theater furniture, a surprising bright spot for the hard-hit furniture business.

Revenue from sales of projectors for movies and games is expected to increase from $406 million last year to $421 million in 2011, says the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA). Berkline, which makes home theater recliners, saw double-digit growth last year after 15 years of making the $600-$1,100 chairs.

And home theater-related retailers are bracing for a post-holiday, pre-Super Bowl bump. The Super Bowl is the “top driver” of HDTV sales, and sales of home theater-related furniture go “hand in hand,” CEA spokeswoman Megan Pollock says.

CEO Rob Burch says Berkline often sees a sales increase this month. He attributes that in part to the Super Bowl and those updating furniture in the rooms that will house new TVs, projectors and gaming equipment that they received for the holidays.

La-Z-Boy, which doesn’t break out sales by product, says the home theater trend has led to demand for sectional sofas with chaise lounge seating, power recline functions and cup holders.

Where it started

The trend’s roots extend to 2009, when the TV market did “shockingly well,” thanks in part to great holiday deals, says CEA chief economist Shawn DuBravac. As with TVs, the prices of projectors are dropping, down from an average of $1,401 in 2009 to $972 last year, CEA says.

The global market for home theater technologies and services is expected to grow from $1.9 billion in 2006 to $2.9 billion in 2013, a compound annual growth rate of 6.9%, according to Electronics.ca, an industry research company.

Home theater products include sound systems, display systems, players, media storage devices and theater-in-a-box systems, which are seeing the fastest sales increases, says a Global Industry Analysts study.

Some of the uptick in home theater furniture is a response to all the upgraded TVs people bought in 2009. Now they want better furniture for watching. DuBravac says it’s also due to the increase in empty nesters with room to spare and doting parents who want to keep their teenagers at home. “If you have the best hangout, then you’re the house everyone will want to go to,” he says.

Some also say it’s a response to high movie ticket and concession prices. Last year was the worst year for movie ticket sales since 1996, says a new study by Hollywood.com.

Cathleen McCloskey of Blauvelt, N.Y., is considering upgrading from a 42-inch television to a 60-inch one “to be able to enjoy football and baseball and movies in more of a theater-like setting.” She says she hates going to the movies anymore. “The people are rude, talking and munching during the movie, the parking is crazy and the snacks are expensive and not healthy,” says McCloskey, 46.

Burch says the argument for more theater-like chairs includes optional trays for popcorn and candy, lighted cup holders and technology that vibrates your seat so that you “feel” gunshots or thunder from the movie.

Going all out

Jeff Berens of Royal Oak, Mich., says he priced sectional sofas and found he could get six Berkline seats for about the same price. Besides, he says, “A bunch of adults sitting elbow to elbow on a couch is not the most comfortable thing.” The home audio and video engineer also built a lighted “riser” to elevate the second row of seats so everyone can see the screen in his new home theater.

Anne Morrissy, 31, of Chicago used to think home theaters were a “completely frivolous indulgence that the very wealthy put in their homes to show off just how wealthy they are.” But that changed after she went to see This Is It at the movie theater three times last winter because she liked the feeling of “standing on stage” with Michael Jackson.

“I have since become a little obsessed with, if not actually having a home theater of my own, at least dating someone who does,” Morrissy says.

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What’s New: Seatcraft Apex Home Theater Seat

Looking to upgrade and furnish your home theater room? Or maybe you’re looking for a place to start? Look no further! Seatcraft has released a top-of-the-line seating option that is perfect for any space.

Seatcraft Apex

Unrivaled, the new Seatcraft Apex home theater seats are just the newest line of luxury available through Seatcraft. Thanks to this new line, you can now own the very best the home theater industry has to offer. Apex offers flawless stitching across the seats that will impress your guests with expert craftsmanship.

 

Features

Made from top grain leather 7000, the Apex seats are available in red, black, or brown to fit any color scheme. Seatcraft only uses the highest quality material so less maintenance is required and your seats will be show ready at all times.

The Apex offers power headrests, lumbar, and recline for the ultimate comfort. Add in a chaise-style padded footrest, and you have some of the most comfortable theater seats available.

One unique feature of the the Apex seating are the built-in Soundshaker transducers. Now you’re only an accessory away from a fully-immersive movie experience! You and your guests can enjoy the full movie experience with this unique feature!

The seats connect together in a straight row style. This way, you can have the traditional theater experience right in your own home!

LED lights are featured throughout the seats, both in the armrests and cup holders for easy visibility.

No matter your space, the Apex seat can work for you! The wallhugger feature allows these seats to be placed within 6 inches of a wall and still recline fully.

Accessories

Just like all Seatcraft chairs, the Apex is easily customizable!

Add a wine caddy for spill-free relaxation. This aluminum finished feature offers 360-degree rotation and a sturdy base that will help keep your seats spot free. The beveled edges and stainless steel finish will only add to the aesthetic appeal in your home theater.

Consider the adjustable tablet and phone holder for easy access to your favorite mobile devices. Like the wine caddy, this holder has a stainless steel finish and 360 degree rotation, but it also features a jointed elbow for easier vertical adjustment. The holder has a sturdy base that sits next to the cup holder for comfortable use of your tablet of phone.

If your home theater has turned into your quiet space for reading, add an LED reading light to your Apex chair. The LED light makes it easy to read your favorite book or magazine right in the comfort of your Seatcraft chair.

Now is the best time to upgrade, or get started on that dream home theater room! The Apex chair by Seatcraft is everything and more that you could expect from a theater seat. So don’t hesitate, make the upgrade today!

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3D Home Theater Mock-Ups

You’ve made the final decision. It’s finally time! New home theater is in the works and the planning has begun! 4Seating.com now offers a helpful tool that will show you home theater products in your room and take all of the guesswork out of planning. Images online can be deceiving or may not even apply to the space you have to work with. 4Seating.com’s new tool is a game changer for those who want to create the perfect theater right at home.

3D Home Theater Mock-Up

The new 3D Home Theater Mock-Up tool is designed with your home theater in mind. We recognize the reservations you may have about your purchases, so we have constructed this tool to help you make the right decision the first time around.

What is the 3D Home Theater Mock-Up?

This mock-up tool gives you the chance to see all your top picks in your own space. You send in photos of your future home theater room, and our designer creates the home theater of your dreams!

4Seating.com’s designers take 6 images of your space and use the dimension to insert color schemes and products. Then, we generate a materials list along with quotes based on the render. When you complete your order of Seatcraft products, the cost of the render is applied towards your purchase.

How much does it cost?

Other companies can charge upwards of $1,000 for tool such as this. Here at 4Seating.com, we charge a reasonable $399.00, plus this amount is taken off of your total when you complete your purchase of home theater seating and accessories.

What does the mock-up look like?

Here we have provided one example of rendered images using the 3D Home Theater Mock-Up. From these you can see how 4Seating.com experts take an image of an unfinished, blank space and turn it into your ideal home theater.

How do I place an order?

To take advantage of this valuable tool, or for more information, contact 4Seating.com in any of the following ways:

By phone: 1-800-407-8665
By fax: 1-562-231-1097
By email: renders@4seating.com

What paperwork do I need?

Print or download the PDF Render Order Sheet and write in all of your info. From here, a 4Seating.com expert will talk you through your design, layout, blueprints, and drawings to generate images and products that are best for your space.

So if you are hesitant about creating a home theater, the 3D Home Theater Mock-Up tool is a great place to start. Simply talk with our designers here at 4Seating.com and soon you will be on your way to enjoying your very own home theater.

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A Guide To Choosing the Best Home Theater Seats

You’ve chosen the room, projector, screen, and speakers for your new home theater. Or, maybe on the opposite end of the spectrum – you’re just searching for a place to start. Either way, choosing the right theater seating can be one of the most important decisions for your movie viewing and gaming experience. All of the high-tech equipment will become irrelevant if you and your guests are uncomfortable in your seats. Whatever your theater experience, there are many Seatcraft chair options you can fall in love with!

Space Saver
Seatcraft Rapture Space Saver

When you’re in a small space, your seating choices can be limited. You want to optimize seating without compromising comfort. Seatcraft Rapture Space Saver seats are one possible option for wallhugger efficiency. This specific style can fully recline when placed within 7½ inches of a wall. The slim armrests also save width space, allowing you to add more chairs without sacrificing comfortable seating. Each chair still comes with a cupholder and other optional inserts for the full luxury seating experience.

Chaise Lounger
Seatcraft Grenada Chaise
Looking for a space saver that also provides full leg and body support? The Seatcraft Grenada Chaise can also recline within inches of a wall but still provide the comfort of a chaise lounge. This set also features cupholders, a swivel tray, and LED base lighting.

Comfort Seating
Seatcraft Swivel Cuddle Couch

If comfort is your top priority, consider a cuddle couch! The Seatcraft Swivel Cuddle Couch maximizes your relaxation time. This option is ideal if you are looking to put one or two seats in a smaller theater room. Snuggle up close with the kids or your loved one in this Seatcraft favorite.

Majestic
Seatcraft Regis
Does your home theater feature a vintage popcorn machine? Do you have a stash of Abba Zabas and Charleston Chews? Is your room filled with nostalgic movie posters? If so, Seatcraft Regis is the perfect fit for your personal theater! Enjoy old Hollywood glamour with this flashback style. These seats offer all the comfort of other Seatcraft products as well as memory foam toppers and cooling gel padding. Transport your guests to another time with this classic option.

Sectional
Seatcraft Entrada Sectional
If you have a larger space to work with and are looking for a statement piece, consider a sectional for your home theater. The Seatcraft Entrada Sectional is sure to impress. This curved seating option provides each movie viewer the real theater experience, including all the bells and whistles. Enjoy the benefits of a chaiselounger as well as wallhugger recliners. Multiple customization options allow you to choose a combination that best fits your movie room.

Stadium Seating
Seatcraft Monterey
For a true movie theater experience that will wow your guests, set up your theater room with a stadium seating arrangement. Start with a front row of Seatcraft Monterey seats that feature overstuffed headrests and in-arm storage. Bring another element to your viewing experience by adding Seatcraft Monterey Back Row seats. Stadium seating is your best option if you have a large theater room and a tiered floor. It will provide the most seating, all with a fantastic view, during your next flick.

Accessories
No matter which direction you go, almost all of the options above are customizable with Seatcraft accessories. With 360 degree rotation, the swivel table is a must for entertaining guests with popcorn and other movie treats. The wine caddy is perfect for any wine connoisseur. Easily added to most Seatcraft chairs, the wine caddy has an aluminum finish and sturdy base to help prevent spills and keep your chairs spotless. A cigar host is the perfect entertainment accessory for any cigar enthusiast. Create the atmosphere of a cigar lounge in the comfort of your own theater.

You can have all the right elements for the ideal home theater, but if you don’t have enjoyable seating, your guests will be less than impressed. There is an excellent option for any size and style home theater room you’re working with. Follow this guide, and you will have no problems creating your dream theater that is both functional and comfortable!

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5 Ways to Update Your Home Theater

Out with the old and in with the new, right? That’s how the saying goes and there are always updates to be done in the home! Your home theater is no exception! Here are 5 ways to update your media room or home theater.

Adjust Your Room’s Acoustics
Soften reflective surfaces. Your speakers may be producing great sound, but flat, hard surfaces of ceilings, hardwood floors, windows and walls reflect that sound back to you. You hear this distorted noise, rather than clean sound from your speakers. Carpeting and curtains can reduce this effect to leave you enthralled in the cinema!

Consider acoustic panels to soundproof your home theater and reduce ambient echo. These acoustic panels come in a variety of styles and ensure a clean and clear audio experience.

Upgrade Your Subwoofer
A high quality subwoofer can give your home theater an upscale experience. Most television setups at home don’t have a subwoofer. It is a unique addition that will instantly upgrade your media room.

A subwoofer gives a tactile-like response to sound. Consult a specialist if you are unsure of what size subwoofer to purchase. As a rule of thumb, choose higher quality over size!

Take Sound One Step Further with SoundShaker
Love the feeling a great subwoofer gives? Take it one step further with SoundShaker! SoundShaker allows you to feel the screen action from your seat. Not only will you see and hear the film, but you will live in the moment as your chair vibrates in coordination to explosions, car chases and more! The SoundShaker Amp connects to most major audio receivers, so no need to completely revamp what you already have. The Amp then sends a signal to the Transducer, which is attached to your seat and vibrates in synchronization with on-screen action. SoundShaker provides a look into a new dimension of cinema.

Optimize Your Seating
Seating can make or break your home theater. Comfortable, high quality seating will instantly upgrade your media room. Seatcraft offers home theater seating at a number of price points for all budgets. The Seatcraft Sienna, as well as other models, feature wall-hugger seating. This allows the chair to sit mere inches from the wall, even when fully reclined! Wall-hugger chairs are a great option for an efficient use of space. Other seats, like the Seatcraft Seville, offer a lighted base and cup holders, power recline and grade 7000 leather.

Add accessories to make your seats your own. A swivel tray is perfect place for your popcorn or laptop. A wine caddy or lighted cupholder will keep your drink from spilling.

If you can’t find a seat that suits you, Seatcraft gives you the option to build your own! Pick your material (fabric, bonded leather, leather 5000 or leather 7000) and color (black, brown, grey, red and more!). Then, choose if you want a straight or curved row. Lastly, decide between power and manual recline.

Ready to kick your lounging into high gear? Consider the Seatcraft Cuddle Seat.

Dress Up the Room
Remember that not all updates need to be large-scale. Making small changes can make a big difference in the long run. Little details add up!

Add a popcorn machine for easy access to mid-movie snacks. Interested in something sweeter? Swap popcorn for cotton candy. Wall accents not only provide extra soundproofing but they also add an extra decorative touch.

Don’t let the idea of upgrading your home theater be intimidating. It’s all in the details! Decide on your main priorities and then work down the list from there. Need more ideas? Check out our Pinterest page for themes and designs to spark some ideas.

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The Largest Home Theater Seating Showroom in the Los Angeles / Orange County Area

The Largest Home Theater Seating Showroom in the Los Angeles / Orange County Area

Our new building has a huge showroom featuring over 20 different theater seat styles and over 15 different style sofas and sectionals! Located at 1000 S. Euclid Ave, La Habra, CA, 90631. Come and visit us today!

Showroom Hours

Monday-Friday: 8am – 5pm
Saturday: 9am – 3pm
Sunday: Closed

Open to the Public!

Our showroom is open to the public and we always have a very knowledgeable sales rep to guide your through and answer any question about any product.

Browse and Select

Not sure which seat is right for you? Now you can sit in each chair, feel each material style, see the seat color in person, not guessing what the actual color is on your computer monitor. Try the recline mechanism on any home theater seat, do you like manual or power better? These are just a few of the options you have when you come down to the showroom to view our wonderful products.

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The Evolution of Movies

The Beginnings of Cinema

Films as we know them today began in the early 19th century. It all started with the earliest known photograph taken around 1826, which led to the combination of multiple images to create the illusion of motion.

Edison’s Kinetoscope (1891)

While pulling up virtually any movie at the touch of a button is the norm today, films have come a long way to get to this point. In 1891, Thomas Edison and his assistant introduced the kinetoscope, a cabinet with a window where viewers could see moving images that simulated motion. When the kinetoscope gained popularity, they began popping up in hotel lobbies, at amusement parks, and other popular locations. For a few cents, viewers could see the makings of what soon expanded into the film industry we know today.

Since he didn’t internationally patent his technology, Europe began producing their own kinetoscopes in mass and were even attempting to project the images onto a screen. In 1895, two French brothers patented the cinematographe (the origins of the word cinema), a lightweight film projector. Over the next few years, the brothers produced over 1,000 short films, mainly capturing everyday life.

Trick Films (1902)
Up to this point, film had only been used to capture everyday occurrences. Eventually this novelty wore off, and producers began to wonder what else they could explore with film.

In 1902, a former magician, Georges Melies, released A Trip to the Moon. His new visual representations became known as ‘trick films,’ which showed images such as the moon with a face, flowers transforming into women, and men disappearing in a puff of smoke.

Melies created these trick films for over a decade, but his simple technique eventually lost the audience’s interest. More developed and sophisticated techniques took over the industry and drew an even larger crowd.

The Nickelodeons (1903-1908)
The Great Train Robbery (1903) is known as the first big box office hit. Filmmaker Edwin S. Porter broke from the stage-like, unmoving style of Melies and created a narrative with his groundbreaking film. After this great success, permanent movie theaters began popping up across the country.

The working class was the primary audience for these nickelodeons, named after the 5 cent admission price. It was a cheaper alternative to live theater. In this period alone, over 9,000 nickelodeons hit the screen in the United States.

Longer Films (1912)
The average motion picture was around 16 minutes, a single-reel, at the time of the nickelodeons. In 1907, filmmakers began importing multi-reels from Europe, but they didn’t see popularity until 1912.

Queen Elizabeth (1912) sparked this popularity as a three-and-a-half-reel film. Audiences viewed these multi-reel films as special events and were therefore willing to pay more to see them. This drew in middle-class viewers who saw the longer film style as more ‘respectable’ entertainment.

Hollywood (1915)


As longer films gained popularity, movie theaters recognized that they needed to make theaters more comfortable for longer seatings. Marble embellishments, comfy seats, and cut glass became the new normal in theaters across the United States. As theaters became more comfortable, movie goers demanded year round entertainment, which was unheard of at the time.

Since films were primarily shot outdoors in New York and Chicago, weather determined when and where movies could be filmed. Many filmmakers tried warmer climates such as Florida and Texas but only found real success in one, small suburb in Los Angeles called Hollywood.

Hollywood was sunny and temperate year round, land was cheap, and the location offered close proximity to mountains, lakes, desert, forest, and the coast. By 1915, over 60 percent of films were being produced in Hollywood.

Silent Films (1891-1927)


The art of the silent film drew crowds to movie theaters. Live bands would play in the theater to accompany the motion on the screen. Actors would develop over characterization techniques and use their movement to communicate with audiences.

D.W. Griffith emerged as an actor turned director, who transformed silent films with different angles and editing that heightened the intensity of his scenes. Griffith experienced great controversy with the release of Birth of a Nation, however his general filming technique is considered to have shaped the silent film industry.

The End of Silent Films (1927)
In 1925 in Hollywood, a small motion picture company called Warner Bros. purchased the rights to a technology that allowed sound in films. In 1926, they released Don Juan, which contained music accompaniment by the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. It was instantly popular, especially in small theaters that could not have an in-house orchestra.

In 1927, The Jazz Singer became the first ‘talkie’ film. Actor Al Jolson speaks a few lines and sings six songs and audiences were hooked. They were absolutely mesmerized by seeing an actor speak on screen. This was the beginning of the end for silent films.

Movie goers returned to theaters in droves to see their favorite actors perform. Silent films held on for a few more years, but by 1930, they were completely obscure. ‘Talkies’ had taken over the industry.

Color Films (1930s)
Filmmakers had the ability to add color to films for years before, but it never gained popularity. Films in the 1920s featured only two colors and were therefore perceived to be unrealistic. It wasn’t until the 1930s that color films saw some popularity, but not without difficulty.

Disney’s Three Little Pigs (1933) and MGM’s Wizard of Oz (1939) used a new and improved color system and saw much more of a following in theaters. However, these films and others like it suffered with the effects of the Great Depression. Movies were not a luxury most could afford, and therefore color films didn’t really see widespread success until the 1940s.

Films Today


Movies have come a long way. Hollywood has seen its share of ups and downs. Wars, depressions, and youth culture have vastly influenced the way movies were made over the last century. Today, the biggest threat to Hollywood is the introduction of streaming, such as Netflix and Hulu. There is one big question on everyone’s mind: Will these eventually make Hollywood and movie theater obsolete?

The Future of Cinema
The nostalgia of movie theaters is still a big draw for movie lovers everywhere. Even if you enjoy the comfort of your Seatcraft chair in your own home theater, going to the movies is still a favorite pastime, and Hollywood isn’t likely to stay down for long.

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Binge-Worthy Movie Series

Sometimes you’ve had a long week and despite the fact that it may be 70 degrees outside and summer, you just need a good binge-watching session. Just a date with you, your couch, and some snacks! There are many fantastic movie series out there, but we have pulled together a list of some of the most binge-worthy series to explore. So, sit back and relax in your Seatcraft and enjoy these loveable movie series.

Star Wars

The Star Wars franchise first began in 1977 with the release of Episode IV. Director George Lucas introduced well-known characters such as Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, and Han Solo. The series is set in ‘a galaxy far, far away’ and follows the Rebel’s uprising against the Empire, which is controlled by Darth Vader.

The series has been traditionally released in groups of three films. First, Episodes IV, V, and VI were released in the late 70s, early 80s. George Lucas then returned at the turn of the century and release three prequel films that received mixed reviews from critics. In just the past few years, a new mini-trilogy has been released with new characters that have seen widespread success. The last of this series is scheduled to be released in 2019.

List of Star Wars films:
Episode IV: A New Hope (1977)
Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (1983)

Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999)
Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002)
Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005)

Episode VII: The Force Awakens (2015)
Episode VIII: The Last Jedi (2017)
Episode IX: Untitled (2019)

Marvel

In recent years, there has been a surge in the release of superhero films based on the Marvel comics. Some of the most popular series include X-Men and The Avengers.

X-Men

The X-Men series first introduced this team of superheroes in 2000. Each member, with superhuman abilities, is labelled a ‘mutant’ for having the extra ‘X Gene’ that triggers their powers. Professor X, a mutant himself, creates a School for Gifted Youngsters that recruits and trains mutants from around the world, while also protecting them from the scrutiny of the general public.

The X-Men franchise has had a long run, releasing films every few years and projecting to release another in 2019. Each of the films has received varying reviews from raving adoration to extreme disappointment, but for the comic lover, this is a series that should definitely have a presence in your home theater.

List of X-Men films:
X-Men (2000)
X2: X-Men United (2003)
X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)
X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)
X-Men: First Class (2011)
The Wolverine (2013)
X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)
X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)
Logan (2017)
X-Men: Dark Phoenix (2019)

The Avengers

In The Avengers series, all your favorite Marvel super heroes join forces to protect the world from some familiar villains. In the first Avengers film, Nick Fury of S.H.I.E.L.D. brings together Iron Man, Captain America, the Hulk, Thor, Hawkeye, and Black Widow to defend the Earth against Loki, Thor’s brother.

This film series has seen great success over the years and has generated a lot of hype around the upcoming Infinity War to be release April 2019. The first film grossed over $1 billion dollars in 2012 and promises to keep fans happy with a fourth and final film to be released in 2019.

List of Avengers films:
The Avengers (2012)
Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
Untitled Avengers (2019)

Captain America
Iron Man (2008)
Iron Man 2 (2010)
Iron Man 3 (2013)

Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
Captain America: Civil War (2016)

Pirates of the Caribbean

The Pirates of the Caribbean movies are an absolute must see on the binge-worthy list. This fun, adventurous series boasts comically brilliant performances by Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley, and Orlando Bloom.

In The Curse of the Black Pearl, pirate Captain Jack Sparrow (Depp) and blacksmith Will Turner (Bloom) form an unlikely team to rescue Will’s love, Elizabeth (Knightley), from pirates who have kidnapped her, believing she is the key to breaking their curse. All five films have a unique, darker tone than what viewers had previously seen from Disney, but the movies still maintain entertaining action and quotable one-liners.

List of Pirates of the Caribbean films:
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (2006)
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007)
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017)

Harry Potter

You can’t have a binge-worthy movie series list without mentioning Harry Potter. Adapted from J.K. Rowlings popular children’s novels, the Harry Potter movies series immediately gathered a following in 2001 with the introduction of The Sorcerer’s Stone.

On his eleventh birthday, Harry Potter learns he is the orphaned son of two famous wizards and that he has powers of his own. He receives an invitation to Hogwarts, a boarding school for wizards learning to harness their abilities. Harry’s past is slowly revealed to him as he learns there are dark forces at work in the world.

List of Harry Potter films:
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001)
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)

So get the family and your loved ones together on the cuddle couch, and binge these movie favorites.

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Top Shows and Movies to Stream in April

Every month, our favorite streaming giants introduce even more shows and movies for us to binge-watch and love. Unfortunately, some of our best watches are also taken down each month to make room for the new. So kick back in that Seatcraft chair and enjoy some of the newest April 2018 releases from Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Video or watch those leaving before the go at the end of the month!

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April 1

● A Sort of Family
● Along Came Polly
● Bad Boys
● Battlefield Earth
● Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure
● Big Time
● Body of Lies
● Cabin Fever
● Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever
● Cats & Dogs
● Cold Mountain
● Dare to Be Wild
● Deep Blue Sea
● Fish People
● Friday Night Lights
● Jackass 2.5
● Life Is Beautiful
● Looney Tunes: Back in Action
● Mortal Kombat
● Nancy Drew
● Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
● Scarface
● Seven
● Sin City
● Speed Racer
● Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
● The Duchess
● The Family Man
● The Flintstones
● The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas
● The Iron Giant
● The Lost Boys
● The Queen of the Damned
● The Spy Next Door
● Wakfu (Season 3)

April 2

● La Piloto (Season 1)

April 3

● Fary Is the New Black

April 5

● Behind The Curtain: Todrick Hall
● Despicable Me 3

April 6

● 6 Balloons
● Amateur
● Fastest Car (Season 1)
● Money Heist (Part 2)
● My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman: Jay-Z
● Orbiter 9
● Ram Dass, Going Home
● Sun Dogs
● The 4th Company
● The Boss Baby: Back in Business (Season 1)
● Todo lo que sería de Lucas Lauriente
● Troy: Fall of a City (Season 1)
● Seth Rogen’s Hilarity for Charity

April 7

● 24 Hours to Live

April 9

● AMO (Season 1)

April 10

● Greg Davies: You Magnificent Beast

April 12

● Pickpockets

April 13

● Chef’s Table: Pastry
● Come Sunday
● I Am Not An Easy Man
● Lost in Space (Season 1)
● The Magic School Bus Rides Again (Season 2)

April 15

● Lakeview Terrace
● Seven Pounds

April 17

● The Chalet (Season 1)
● The Honeymoon Stand Up Special: Collection

April 18

● Friend Request
● Pelé

April 19

● Charité (Season 1)
● Chasing The Dragon

April 20

● Aggretsuko (Season 1)
● Dope (Season 2)
● Dude
● Kodachrome
● Mercury 13
● Spy Kids: Mission Critical (Season 1)

April 21

● The Letdown (Season 1)

April 24

● Call the Midwife (Series 6)
● Kevin James: Never Don’t Give Up

April 25

● Bill Nye: Science Guy
● Psychokinesis

April 27

● 3% (Season 2)
● Bobby Kennedy for President
● Candy Jar
● Holy Goalie
● The Man Who Knew Infinity
● The New Legends of Monkey (Season 1)
● The Week Of

HULU

April 1

● 30 Beats
● 5 Days of War
● 50/50
● 52 Pick-Up
● 60 Days In (Season 3)
● A Simple Plan
● Accepted
● American Pickers (Seasons 15 and 16)
● Ancient Aliens (Season 12)
● Barbie A Fashion Fairytale
● Barbie And The Diamond Castle
● Basic Instinct
● Carrie
● Counting Cars (Season 6B)
● Con Air
● Cool Runnings
● Danny Roane: First Time Director
● Death Becomes Her
● Desperately Seeking Susan
● Drugstore Cowboy
● Eagle Vs Shark
● Eight Millimeter
● Eye For An Eye
● Fathers And Daughters
● Fixer Upper (Season 4)
● Flashback
● Flea Market Flip (Season 4)
● Flip Or Flop (Season 6)
● For A Few Dollars More
● Fred: The Movie
● Fred: Night of the Living Fred
● Fred 3: Camp Fred
● Friday The 13th
● Funny About Love
● Gamer
● Gangland Undercover (Season 1)
● Hellbenders 3D
● Honey
● Honey 2
● House Hunters (Season 108)
● House Hunter’s Renovation (Season 8)
● I Am A Teacher
● Intervention (Seasons 15 and 16)
● Internal Affairs
● Jane Eyre
● K2
● Ladybugs
● Land Before Time IV: Journey Through The Mists
● Land Before Time Sing Along
● Land Before Time Sing Along 2
● Land Before Time V: The Mysterious Island
● Land Before Time VI: The Secret Of Saurus Rock
● Land Before Time VII: The Stone Of Cold Fire
● Lawrence Of Arabia
● Leah Remini: Scientology And The Aftermath (Season 2)
● Leftovers
● Life Stinks
● Man In The Moon
● Map Of The Human Heart
● Marathon Man
● Married To The Mob
● Miami Blues
● Mystery Team
● Paranormal Activity
● Prancer
● Project Nim
● Project Runway (Season 15)
● Property Brothers (Season 9)
● Property Brothers: Buying & Selling (Seasons 1 and 4)
● Quigley Down Under
● Red State
● Roxanne
● Salsa
● Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll
● Shanghai Surprise
● She’s Having A Baby
● Small Soldiers
● Snake Eyes
● Spaceballs
● Stand Up Guys
● Standing In The Shadows Of Motown
● Stories We Tell
● Superstar
● Taxi Driver
● Tenderness
● Texas Chainsaw Massacre II
● Texas Killing Fields
● The Beaver
● The Big Wedding
● The Conspirator
● The Dogs Of War
● The Flowers Of War
● The Foot Fist Way
● The Giant King
● The Inbetweeners
● The Jackal
● The Marc Pease Experience
● The Men Who Stare At Goats
● The Phantom
● The Rage: Carrie 2
● The Switch
● The Thomas Crown Affair
● The Winning Season
● Throw Momma from the Train
● Thunder Soul
● Trading Mom
● Tumbledown
● Up In Smoke
● Uptown Girls
● U-571
● Warpath
● Wayne’s World 2
● Wishmaster
● Wishmaster 2: Evil Never Dies
● Wishmaster 3: Beyond The Gates Of Hell
● Wishmaster 4: The Prophecy Fulfilled
● Worst Cooks In America (Season 8)
● You Don’t Mess With The Zohan

April 2

● Black Sails (Season 4)
● Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert
● Life Partners

April 3

● The Crossing (Series Premiere)

April 4

● National Treasure: Kiri (Season 2 Premiere)
● So B It

April 6

● Dina

April 7

● My Hero Academia (Season 3 Premiere)

April 9

● Take My Nose… Please

April 10

● Preacher (Season 2)
● Hours

April 11

● New Girl (Season 7 Premiere)
● Augie

April 12

● I Can Do Bad All By Myself

April 14

● Dealt

April 15

● A Teacher
● American Gangster
● Boys And Girls
● Fame
● Hollow In The Land
● Howl
● In The Bedroom
● Life Is Beautiful
● Master Of Disguise
● Off Label
● Shut Up And Play The Hits
● Slumber
● The Importance Of Being Earnest
● The Messenger

April 16

● The Relationtrip

April 18

● Tragedy Girls

April 19

● Love Island (Seasons 1 and 2)
● Loving Vincent
● The Only Way Is Essex (Season 21)

April 20

● Z For Zachariah

April 24

● Vikings (Season 5)

April 25

● The Handmaid’s Tale (Season 2 Premiere)

April 26

● Into The Night: Portraits Of Life And Death

April 27

● Tiny Shoulders: Rethinking Barbie

April 28

● 78/52: Hitchcock’s Shower Scene

April 29

● Permanent

April 30

● A Thousand Junkies
● The Carmichael Show (Season 3)
● Unsolved Mysteries (Seasons 9-14)

AMAZON PRIME

April 1

● 30 Beats
● 52 Pick-Up
● A Simple Plan
● A Suitable Girl
● Basic Instinct
● Brooklyn’s Finest
● Carrie
● Danny Roane: First Time Director
● Desperately Seeking Susan
● Drugstore Cowboy
● Escape from New York
● Eye for An Eye
● Flashback
● For a Few Dollars More
● Fred 3: Camp Fred
● Fred: Night of the Living Fred
● Fred: The Movie
● Friday the 13th
● Funny About Love
● Gamer
● Hangman
● Hellbenders 3D
● Hitler’s Bodyguard (Season 1)
● Ice Mother
● Internal Affairs
● Kickboxer
● Ladybugs
● Life Stinks
● Man In The Moon
● Marathon Man
● Married To The Mob
● Meatballs
● Merlin (Seasons 1-5)
● Miami Blues
● My Art
● Mystery Team
● Mystic River
● Paranormal Activity
● Philadelphia
● Prancer
● Project Nim
● Quigley Down Under
● Red State
● Salsa
● Shanghai Surprise
● She’s Having A Baby
● Sleepers
● Small Soldiers
● Snake Eyes
● Spaceballs
● Stand Up Guys
● Standing In The Shadows of Motown
● Steel Magnolias
● Storage Wars: Northern Treasures (Season 1)
● Superstar
● Tenderness
● Texas Chainsaw Massacre II
● The Big Wedding
● The Conspirator
● The Departure
● The Dogs Of War
● The Foot Fist Way
● The Karate Kid
● The King Of Comedy
● The Marc Pease Experience
● The Phantom
● The Rage: Carrie 2
● The Replacements
● The Thomas Crown Affair
● The Winning Season
● Thirst Street
● Throw Momma From The Train
● Trading Mom
● Troy
● Up In Smoke
● Uptown Girls
● Warpath
● Wayne’s World 2
● World’s Craziest Foods (Season 1)

April 2

● The Missing (Season 2)
● Chavela
● Psychopaths

April 5

● The Killing of a Sacred Deer

April 6

● Blame
● The Florida Project

April 10

● Hours

April 12

● I Can Do Bad All by Myself
● Saturday Church

April 13

● Bosch (Season 4)

April 15

● Fame

April 18

● Aida’s Secrets

April 23

● Red Rock (Season 3)

April 24

● Vikings (Season 5)

April 25

April 27

● All Or Nothing: Dallas Cowboys (Season 3)
● Little Big Awesome (Season 1A)
● LEAVING NETFLIX

April 13

● 0 Days of Night
● 88 Minutes
● Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
● Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls
● American Pie
● American Pie 2
● Apollo 13
● Batman
● Batman & Robin
● Batman Forever
● Batman Returns
● Caddyshack
● Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
● Cool Runnings
● Death Sentence
● Dolphin Tale
● The Dukes of Hazzard
● Eagle vs. Shark
● John Mulaney: New in Town
● The Men Who Stare at Goats
● Never Let Me Go
● The Pursuit of Happyness
● Set Up
● The Shawshank Redemption
● Small Soldiers
● The Whole Nine Yards
● Wild Wild West

April 3

● Starry Eyes

April 5

● The Hallow
● The Nightingale

April 12

● The Emperor’s New Clothes

April 15

● Happy Tree Friends
● Leap Year

April 16

● Son of God

April 17

● Z Storm

April 20

● The Exorcism of Molly Hartley

April 21

● The Prestige

April 22

● Exit Through the Gift Shop

April 26

● Kung Fu Panda 3

April 27

● Begin Again

LEAVING HULU

April 30

● All Dogs Go to Heaven (1989)
● All Dogs Go to Heaven 2 (1996)
● Amelie (2001)
● American Idiots (2013)
● An Officer and a Gentleman (1982)
● Asterix & Obelix: Mission Cleopatre (2002)
● Avenging Force (1986)
● Bolero (1984)
● Capote (2005)
● Coming Soon (1999)
● Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002)
● Depraved Decadence (2007)
● Excess Baggage (1997)
● Fire with Fire (2012)
● For A Few Dollars More (1967)
● Hamlet (1990)
● Harsh Times (2006)
● He Said, She Said (1991)
● Hoodlum (1997)
● Intersection (1994)
● Keeping Up With the Steins (2006)
● Kung Fu Hustle (2005)
● Larger Than Life (1996)
● Look Who’s Talking (1989)
● Look Who’s Talking Now (1993)
● Look Who’s Talking Too (1990)
● Lulu on the Bridge (1998)
● Mystic Pizza (1988)
● Red State (2012)
● Redline (2009)
● Running Scared (1986)
● Sabrina (1995)
● Show of Force (1990)
● Things You Can Tell Just By Looking At Her (1999)
● Traitor (2008)
● Two Family House (2000)

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Are Amazon Video and Netflix Taking Over Hollywood?

It’s no secret that Amazon Video and Netflix streaming have become increasingly popular with movie lovers and binge watchers. But how are these streaming giants affecting the movie industry? Could your favorite subscription be influencing the way Hollywood makes movies?

Amazon Video

When Amazon bought Manchester by the Sea for almost $10 million, they changed game significantly for the streaming industry. The movie went on to win Oscars, Golden Globes, Critics’ Choice Awards, New York Film Critics Awards, and more. Streaming was always second choice to Hollywood blockbusters, especially when it came to movie awards. Once Manchester by the Sea became available in homes across the world, it opened the door for Amazon originals to compete with the big guns.

However, Amazon Video is facing some struggles. Many argue the streaming service is merely a bonus, since you must be subscribed to Amazon Prime, the two-day shipping option, in order to enjoy Amazon Video. How popular would it be if it was not included with in Amazon Prime?

Despite this, Amazon is making waves in the movie world. They produce many movies and series in house such as Goliath, The Big Sick, and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. They are also unique because they allow theater releases for some of their films before making them available online. That way, producers and actors can enjoy screen time before the streaming release.

Netflix

With 110 million subscribers, Netflix has pushed the streaming industry into the new age. They base their business off of an “immediately to web” model. They purchase many films and series for their site, but also create a lot of original content. People used to scoff at the idea that streamers could create their own content. Then, Netflix dominated the original releases with popular shows like Narcos, Stranger Things, and Orange is the New Black. In 2016, Netflix decided to spend a staggering $6 billion in content.

Hollywood

So, with successful giants like Amazon Video and Netflix, should Hollywood be running away with their tail between their legs? Mostly likely not, but the it’s undeniable that the industry is changing.

Going to the movies has become an incredibly expensive pastime. With tickets at around $12 each and concessions almost as much, a family of four can easily spend $60 on a movie outing. That’s a whopping $720 a year if the family visits once a month.

As a result, people are cutting out the movies and even traditional cable. Sundance and indie films were cautious to sell to streamers because they would miss out on the crowds and nostalgic draw of theater. In recent years, though, poor attendance at theaters has changed their minds. Last summer was the worst reported movie attendance in 25 years. Selling movies to Netflix or Amazon has become far more attractive as a result.

Will Amazon Video and Netflix make Hollywood obsolete? So far, it doesn’t look like it, at least not completely. Movie theaters still draw a crowd, even if it’s a less significant crowd. Amazon Video and Netflix cannot compete with the experience theaters have to offer. Movie buffs love the excitement of a premiere, the experience of getting concessions, and the comradery of sitting with fellow movie lovers. Yet, there is an undeniable shift in the medium of movie watching. Not to mention you can enhance your at-home movie night with a luxurious Seatcraft chair. It will be interesting to see how Hollywood reacts and if they can get their blockbusters back on top.