Despite desperate attempts from his wife and staff members, Ateeq Rafiq still suffered “catastrophic” injuries in the accident at the Star City venue, Birmingham in March 2018.
This included failing to ensure that persons were not exposed to risk to their health and safety and failing to make a suitable and safe risk assessment in relation to the use of powered cinema seating.
But sentencing has been adjourned until July 20.
Mr Rafiq, 24, had visited the cinema at 4,30pm with his wife on March 9 2018 but at the end of the movie he realised he could not find both his keys and phone.
The Aston based father of one thought they may have slipped down the side of the reclining seat, which had a footrest that pulled up, and went searching for it.
But as he went under the seat, the footrest immediately came down on him.
His wife, Ayesha Sardar, desperately tried to hold the footrest up but after struggling to manage she quickly alerted staff, an inquest previously heard.
They tried for 15 minutes to free Mr Rafiq from the seat, but the buttons which operated the footrest were not working.
Paramedics arrived around 7pm and he was rushed to Heartlands Hospital, where he died on March 16 after suffering a hypoxic brain injury.
The week-long inquest was told that the seat was missing a bar that would have allowed him to be released by hand, the Birmingham Mail reported.
A Vue spokesperson said: “We are shocked and saddened by this tragic accident and our sincerest thoughts and condolences go to Mr Rafiq’s family and friends. We have been listening carefully to all of the evidence and information and will now reflect on the findings of the inquest.”