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Old 04-26-2018, 01:51 PM
 
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I'm curious, but does anyone actually prefer to sit in the very first rows of a movie theater, even if there's plenty of open seats much further back? I've seen people sit in the front section in an otherwise uncrowded theater, but not more than midway in that section.

I can only think of one time I had to sit in the first few rows of a theater, and that was because the theater was packed. A miserable, neck wrenching experience.

The Underrated Bliss of Sitting in the Front Row at Movie Theaters
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Old 04-26-2018, 03:49 PM
 
Location: Boonies of N. Alabama
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Funny you bring this up. My sister and I went to a movie a few nights ago and I asked her if she had ever or would ever sit in any of the first few rows.
She said never on purpose but once she went to some special showing of a movie and it was sold out and the only seat she could get was in the 2nd row and she said it was miserable.
Personally, I would have left.
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Old 04-26-2018, 07:55 PM
 
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Nope it’s awful for my neck
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Old 04-26-2018, 09:00 PM
 
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I'm curious, but does anyone actually prefer to sit in the very first rows of a movie theater, even if there's plenty of open seats much further back? I've seen people sit in the front section in an otherwise uncrowded theater, but not more than midway in that section.

I can only think of one time I had to sit in the first few rows of a theater, and that was because the theater was packed. A miserable, neck wrenching experience.

The Underrated Bliss of Sitting in the Front Row at Movie Theaters
I don't like the front row per se, but I prefer to sit closer to the front rather towards the back. In most mid size (non stadium seating) theaters I prefer about the third row back. I want the screen to fill my vision without making me tip my head back too far.
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Old 04-26-2018, 09:42 PM
 
Location: Lone Star State to Peach State
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Heck no!
Took my youngin to see an animated Block buster movie. Running late caused us to watch in the 2nd row!!!
It was pure hell for me.
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Old 04-26-2018, 09:43 PM
 
Location: Central New Jersey
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Refuse to do so.
3/4's up aisle seat
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Old 04-27-2018, 02:24 AM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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Every auditorium has a visual "sweet spot". What makes it so gets technical, but a way of thinking about it is that in the sweet spot most of the scenes in the movie have a similar look to how you might see the scene in real life as a participant in the action. There are a few holdover auditoriums from the age of "twinning" existing theatres that are long and narrow. In those, sometimes the first row or section is in that sweet spot. Current design is for "immersive" auditoria, where the projected image appears larger than life and action films more gut wrenching. While old movie palaces used to have many seats where the screen seemed far away and postage stamp size, the new designs accept the opposite compromise.

The front row seats, in most cases, are not meant to be used. They are what we call "booker seats." The massive egos of the production side of the industry demand "I want this film to be in your largest auditorium! How many customers will it hold?" Being able to say "250" instead of "160" makes them happy and willing to book rather than pull the booking - or in the old days, the "print," for showing elsewhere. The trend to equal size smaller and more numerous auditoriums is also partly a result of such pressure.

Floor staff may be clueless on why such seats exist or the origins of them. In some cases, you might see where rows of them have been removed, for even MORE bizarre reasons, such as taxes based on a "per seat" basis, changes in fire and life safety code, limitation of a troubling teen problem, recycling of seats into new locations, etc. Once the film companies have established and written down how many seats are in each auditorium at a theatre, that figure rarely gets changed. Joe "Big Ego" producer sees his baby is booked into auditorium 4 with 700 seats and he is happy - even if 500 of them were removed last week. That brings up "phantom seats" that you will never sit in because they only ever existed on paper. It can be a fun industry if you have a tolerance for insanity.
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Old 04-27-2018, 04:56 PM
 
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It's too close for me, and it's hard to see what's going on, especially in movies with action scenes in.

I think about the middle row-ish usually works for me, not too close, but not far either.
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Old 04-27-2018, 05:36 PM
 
Location: Sugarland
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I'm curious, but does anyone actually prefer to sit in the very first rows of a movie theater, even if there's plenty of open seats much further back? I've seen people sit in the front section in an otherwise uncrowded theater, but not more than midway in that section.

I can only think of one time I had to sit in the first few rows of a theater, and that was because the theater was packed. A miserable, neck wrenching experience.

The Underrated Bliss of Sitting in the Front Row at Movie Theaters
Not me, but yes Iíve seen other people do this.
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Old 04-28-2018, 05:35 PM
 
Location: Henderson, NV, U.S.A.
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A few of the theater-ettes have very large screens, so I've been sitting further and further back. A couple times I've sat down and had to move back a few still. I'm always on the far left side at the end, or one in. Habit.
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