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Dipson upgrades seats at McKinley Mall theater

It may be a discount movie theater, but the accommodations are anything but second rate.

Dipson Theatres has completed renovations at its McKinley Mall location, and the traditional, folding, crushed-velvet seats are gone. All seats in the six-screen theater have been upgraded to reclining armchairs, complete with footrests and cupholders.

Ticket prices for the second-run theater have gone up 50 cents to $2.50, and $4.50 for 3-D showings.

The locally-owned theater chain has seven locations in New York and Pennsylvania. It has already upgraded seats at its Chautauqua Mall location, and will begin upgrades at its Amherst Theatre location next week.

Movie theaters have begun revamping their in-house theater experiences in the face of declining ticket sales. The AMC Maple Ridge 8 theater in Amherst overhauled its theater and added reclining seats in 2013. Another AMC Theatre planned for downtown Buffalo will also have reclining seats when it opens next year. It will be located in the former Market Arcade Theatre & Arts Center, 639 Main St.

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