PJ Cinemas is back — and comfier than ever.
After a month-long renovation, the movie theater in Port Jefferson Station reopened Friday night.
Phil Solomon, who has owned the theater for the last 42 years, added new plush seating while also repainting and refurbishing each of its seven auditoriums.
Solomon said this was the first significant renovation since 1994; that’s when he added an upstairs level and five auditoriums.
While the number of seats decreased from 1,050 to 669, it won’t significantly impact occupancy, Solomon previously told GLI.
“Back when the seats were so close together, it was very hard to occupy all the seats,” said Solomon. “The new seats will all be beautifully accessible.”
Solomon added the seats are rockers that are “very comfortable” and “very wide.”
PJ Cinemas is one of the few independently owned movie theaters left on the island. “We’re trying to keep the industry alive in Suffolk County,” said Solomon. “That’s why we are renovating and installing these new delicious and comfortable seats. We are committed to remaining an icon in the greater Port Jefferson community.”
Top: Exterior of PJ Cinemas. (Credit: Google Maps)