In the far West Valley, where suburbia revels in itself and the schools are all great, hidden at the back of an open-air mall you'll find the most uncrowded, service-oriented multiplex in town, AMC Fallbrook 7 in West Hills. Sold to AMC by the Laemmle family last year, the most winning aspects of its $5 million renovation are the wonderful digital quality and the enormous, soft, red-leather recliners. You pick your seat from a screen just as you'd do at ArcLight — but at AMC prices. Then you sink into your recliner, where your silent electronic button lets you move from upright to nearly flat, your legs lolling around like they're taking separate vacations. The doublewide padded armrests provide a mini-table for your hot dog and Junior Mints, and the rows are so spacious you don't need to move an inch to let people pass. Then the movie gets under way — and you hear the crowd laughing or gasping yet feel wonderfully alone. —Jill Stewart

6731 Fallbrook Ave., West Hills, 91307. (818) 340-8810,

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