I just saw Star Trek in theater 4 of the AMC Flatirons. This theater has the new recliner chairs. After the initial wow factor of the chairs I soon realized that this is a nice idea but one that is poorly executed to the point that I will avoid theaters that has these chairs in the future. I have 4 issues with the chairs.
1) If put into recline, then one's head is pointing up towards the ceiling so that the viewer has to look down their nose. Persons with eyeglasses, such as myself, end up looking beneath their glasses so that we have to slide our glasses down our noses. This is obviously impractical so the recline becomes more useless as you go towards the back of the theater (where the viewer is not looking up at the screen).
2) I do not consider myself particularly tall (5'11") but I found that the chair does not have any neck or head support. In a regular theater chair this is not an issue as one's head weight is supported through the neck into the spine and body. In the recliner the weight of the head is pushed back where there is no support through the body. This causes neck strain over time, making using the reclining feature of dubious benefit. If I sink down into the chair so that I can rest my neck, then I lose lumber support and my head becomes so low that the glass (see point 3) gets in the way of the screen.
3) In front of the seat is a wall with a glass top to make it higher. The glass is particularly annoying as it catches and reflects light causing distraction during the movie viewing. In addition I found that if the seat is reclined too much that the glass starts to cover the lower portion of the screen causing more distraction. The glass really needs to go.
4) I don't know if the seats are leather or vinyl but I felt like they are cheap vinyl in that they don't breathe at all. After the movie I felt like I had wet myself in that the seats made me sticky and damp due to their warmth and lack of moisture breathability. Cloth seats are so much nicer.
While I am sure a lot of people will like these, to me in the end it felt like a downgrade.