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05/15/2014 08:54 EDT | Updated 07/15/2014 05:59 EDT

Cineplex testing surcharge on premium seats

If your favourite seats at the movie theatre happen to be in a certain two rows, you may soon have to pay more whether you line up early or not.

Cineplex is set to launch a pilot project in a Toronto theatre that will charge extra for reserved seats in two middle rows.

Pat Marshall, spokeswoman for Cineplex Entertainment, said that the new premier service at Varsity Cinemas in the Manulife Centre is all about adding more “choices” for moviegoers.

“We think it’s a great opportunity to provide our guests with another premium option and choice,” Marhsall told Metro Morning’s Matt Galloway Thursday morning.

The choice is whether or not patrons will wish to opt into the new service where reserved, “extra comfortable club seats” will cost around $2 more.

Audience members would be able to purchase movie tickets and reserve their spots in advance, ensuring a comfortable seat in what is usually deemed the best spot in the auditorium.

“As with aircraft, you have coach, business class and first class. At Cineplex what we’ve tried to do is also provide you with a lot of different options.”

Cineplex already offers other premium services. Their UltraAVX services cost an additional $3-5 and their VIP cinemas — which are licensed with reserved seating — have a surcharge of more than $7.

According to Marshall, the popularity of those services is what is driving this new project.

“Guests like that and they’ve shared that with us and we’re trying to offer that to a lesser extent in terms of the premium.”

However, admission regular seating will not change, she said. 

“I want to make sure everyone understands it’s not in every seat,” she said.

“We’re not changing our base prices.”