The David Geffen Theatre at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles. The seats were designed and made by Poltrona Frau in Italy, and do not feature cup holders. Photo: Ricardo DeAratanha/Los Angeles Times/TNS
The David Geffen Theatre at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles. The seats were designed and made by Poltrona Frau in Italy, and do not feature cup holders. Photo: Ricardo DeAratanha/Los Angeles Times/TNS

The best cinema seats ever? Contoured, moulded and made in Italy, the chairs will require a ticket to an Academy Museum of Motion Pictures screening if you want to test them

  • The seats at the Ted Mann Theatre were made by Lino Sonego in Treviso, Italy, in a colour inspired by architect Renzo Piano’s favourite green felt-tip pen
  • The chairs at the David Geffen Theatre were manufactured by Poltrona Frau in Tolentino, Italy, and ‘unique to the academy’, says project architect Jonathan Jones

The David Geffen Theatre at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles. The seats were designed and made by Poltrona Frau in Italy, and do not feature cup holders. Photo: Ricardo DeAratanha/Los Angeles Times/TNS
The David Geffen Theatre at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles. The seats were designed and made by Poltrona Frau in Italy, and do not feature cup holders. Photo: Ricardo DeAratanha/Los Angeles Times/TNS
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