9 Notable Seats in Cinema History

Dec 18, 2014 by Pedro Lopez DeVictoria on The Nickelodeon Blog

From the ultra-comfy to the more disagreeable, the world of cinema is full of a myriad of seats – filled by the derrieres of our most beloved and memorable film characters. As we enter into the home stretch of our Save Your Seat campaign, we’d like to take a moment to reflect on the importance of having a good spot to pop a squat.

1. Charles Kane’s Theater Seat

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After goading his wife into a career as an opera singer that she was not suited for, Charles Foster Kane sits in a fancy theater balcony, violently applauding her operatic performance long after the rest of the audience has fallen silent. While the sincerity of his standing ovation could be called into question, the plush comfort of high-society opera seating meant for long hours of theatrical appreciation is certainly without question.

2. Scarface’s Throne

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Tony Montana’s infamous ascent to great fortune was beset by questionable choices – most notably being his chosen throne. While the massive leather seat is nice to look at, it’s very apparent that it offers poor posture support, as Tony is often seen slumping in his seat. ¡Pobrecito!

3. Reservoir Dogs

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Speaking of bad seats, nothing could be more uncomfortable for your lower back than being duct taped to a folding chair by a psychopathic criminal with a cheesy taste in music, as this one unfortunate man experiences in Tarantino’s directorial debut, Reservoir Dogs.

4. The Big Lebowski

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Chairs aren’t exclusively for sitting. After a clever plan by The Dude in The Big Lebowski, a chair is placed against a door to keep out intruders, propped against a carefully nailed in board. Unfortunately, despite this MacGuyver-esque ingenuity, the door opens outwardly.

5. Pee-wee’s Big Adventure

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For any of you who feel chairs have no consent to being sat on day-in and day-out, look no further than the cheery character of Chairry, who is not only okay with being sat on, but welcomes any and all who wish to enjoy her soft blue upholstery with a warm and loving hug.

6. Basic Instinct

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Sharon Stone’s treatment of Catherine Trammel, an intense and smooth-talking murder suspect, is often remembered for her interrogation scenes wherein she is often sitting. However, very little credit goes to the very cozy leather chair in which she possibly gets a little too comfortable.


7. Total Recall

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In Paul Verhoeven’s 1990 sci-fi classic, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger finds himself in the shoes of a futuristic average Joe simply trying to implant memories into his brain with a technologically advanced chair. While it’s not a chair you’d want to recline in after a long day, it should be noted that the chair has the capability of implanting memories of you spending money on a massage chair instead.

8. X-Men 

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In the films based off of the X-Men comic series, Professor X is the head of a school for mutants, and though he is confined to a wheelchair, he is a genius-level telepathic superhero who has used his psionic blasting powers and his mind control, as well as his capabilities as a master strategist and tactician to save the world numerous times. All of that aside, it’s very possible that his secret is the strategic comfort and upper back support of his plush chair, capable of eight levels of reclination.

9. Star Wars

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Of course, how could we forget the best seat in the galaxy – the pilot’s chair in the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon. Capable of traveling through hyperspace and impressing even the most unflappable of space princesses, if you manage to get behind the wheel of one of these, you’ll be sittin’ pretty. While it doesn’t come with a genial Wookie partner, the pilot’s seat has an impressive 360° swivel for optimal button-pressing capabilities.