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how to figure seating for certin size theater 29 Jul 2004 16:56 #28653

i have a theater that is 58 2/3 ft long and 35 3/4 wide so im trying to figure how many seats i could possible fit in that size theater and a screen size for that as well. i thought about knocking out 1 wall and taking 2 theaters into one making it a 5 screen rather then a 6. any ideas thanks
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Re: how to figure seating for certin size theater 29 Jul 2004 18:03 #28654

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Covered in other posts. Your best seats should be located 2 to 4 times the height of the screen from the screen (Standard SMPTE 196M). For 35mm, people won't want to sit much closer than 1.5 screen heights. And further than 5 screen heights might just as well be watching television. Today's audiences really appreciate leg room, wide seats with cupholders, and excellent sightlines.

Best to use a screen with a 2.4 : 1 aspect ratio, and adjustable side masking for 1.85:1.

Since your best seats are on the centerline of the theatre, avoid having an aisle right down the center of the auditorium.

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John P. Pytlak, Senior Technical Specialist
Customer Technical Services
Entertainment Imaging
Research Labs, Building 69, Room 7525A
Eastman Kodak Company
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