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Ideal Seating ? 05 May 2001 04:28 #1578

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If you were going to start a new 8 screen theatre, what would be the ideal seating counts per theatre? How many large houses are required, and how many dinky houses are you able to get away with? The total seats should be somewhere between 1400-1600. Thanks!
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Re: Ideal Seating ? 07 May 2001 10:56 #1579

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IMHO, a good mix of eight screens would be two 400, two 200 and four 100 seat auditoriums. None have to be "dinky" --- you should plan each for a "big screen" experience, where the majority of the audience can sit between 2 and 4 times the height of the image from the screen. For example, the 400 seat houses might have large 48 x 20 foot screens, the 200 seaters might have 36 x 15 foot screens, and the small houses 24 x 10 foot screens. Today, well-done digital sound is virtually mandatory, along with comfortable seating, good sightlines and plenty of leg room. It's to your benefit if your customers feel they can still get a "first run" experience in your smallest auditorium a month or two after the picture opened.

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