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Best Seat In The House 15 Apr 2002 12:00 #19857

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In talking to friends and theatre owners I found that many have favorite seats in the theatre. So I now ask you all what your favorite seats are? The theatre I go to has a balcony and tend to sit over the left last row up on the isle because I like being high up and looking down on the screen and there is plenty of room to dangle my feet.
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Re: Best Seat In The House 15 Apr 2002 13:24 #19858

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My "sweet spot" for 35mm film is on the centerline of the auditorium, usually at a distance from the screen of two screen heights (e.g., about 40 feet from a 20 x 48 foot image). For today's Digital Cinema projection, I feel the "jaggies" and pixel structure are too distracting if I sit too close.

Standard SMPTE 196M specifies a preferred viewing distance of 2 to 4 screen heights for a professional screening room.

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Re: Best Seat In The House 20 Apr 2002 18:51 #19859

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Dear Niteflick: does your theatre have a "isle..and" in your balcony as well as aisles?

I love an aisle seat about half way down right or left on center and on the left if there is no center aisle.

Since I own the theatre I used to go to I never sit where I used to. Now I sit at the rear, where I NEVER sat before, or way down in front as I don't go in and wait for the movie to start.

I loved Europe where you could buy your tickets in advance and pick your seat too!

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Re: Best Seat In The House 20 Apr 2002 18:51 #19860

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Dear Niteflick: does your theatre have a "isle..and" in your balcony as well as aisles?

I love an aisle seat about half way down right or left on center and on the left if there is no center aisle.

Since I own the theatre I used to go to I never sit where I used to. Now I sit at the rear, where I NEVER sat before, or way down in front as I don't go in and wait for the movie to start.

I loved Europe where you could buy your tickets in advance and pick your seat too!

Mike Hurley
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Re: Best Seat In The House 21 Apr 2002 14:24 #19861

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As the wife of the projectionist I learned to sit in the back. I still do! That way I can get up if I see something wrong and get it fixed. I am also available if they need me in the lobby.
My favorite spot is the right hand side where the handicapped seating is (we removed the 3 seats in front of the back row of seats so that wheelchairs can be placed there).

I have to say that the next best place in any theater is the projection booth where you can see the movie over and over while listening to the equipment purring away.
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Re: Best Seat In The House 21 Apr 2002 18:20 #19862

At the top of the stairs, at the back of the theatre in stadium seating (FAMOUS PLAYERS), Is where I like to sit, especially on the side that the door's on.

I'd also agree with Beck.

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Re: Best Seat In The House 22 Apr 2002 16:45 #19863

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We may all have a different seat we prefer for watching the movie, but I still think the best seat in the house is behind the desk in the managers office.

After thirty seven years in this business I can still say that I look forward to going to work everyday. How many jobs or professions can boast the love and devotion that this business gets from those who own and run theatres. There's no business like show business, so the song goes, but even better there's no business like the theatre business. Can any of you think of anything else you would rather do? It's not a business that's easy to leave. I know people that have tried something else, but always seem to come back even if just part time.

I know of no other business that people talk so much about wanting to get into. We see that here in this forum all the time.

Nope... there's no better seat then the managers seat.

[This message has been edited by RoxyVaudeville (edited April 22, 2002).]
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Re: Best Seat In The House 23 Apr 2002 08:34 #19864

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Yes Mike I like to think of it that way. My own little group of isles up there where I go to escape for a few hours.
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