Where to Sit in a Movie Theater

According to Frey, the audio sweet spot is 2/3 back and in the middle. That’s where audio engineers sit to balance the sound, and where you’ll get the full effect of the chopper buzzing by or the building exploding.

Apparently, I’m on the “which seat is best” beat today, and, perhaps unsurprisingly, the best seats in a movie theater are two-thirds away from the screen and in the center. It’s because of the acoustics, but also because you’re not craning your necks like you would if you sat in the front.

The AMC theater in my neighborhood recently went through renovations and all the seats are assigned now—which means you get to pick where you want to sit before entering the theater. Also, the seats are leather recliners, which makes it easier for you to take a $15 nap.


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pandaonaplane (#1,528)

I think I’m the only one who feels this way but I like sitting in the front row. No one sits next to me, I can’t see people using their cell phones during the movie and I feel engulfed by what’s going on on screen because it’s literally the only thing I can see.

gyip (#4,192)

Yeah, we sit as close to the front as possible without craning too. The rationale is that we paid for a huge screen, so we’re not sitting somewhere where the screen basically looks like our TV at home. Also, we avoid people texting, although not chatting, sadly.

I think I’m one of those rare people that will literally enjoy sitting anywhere. Saw Gravity in 3D while sitting in the front row and it was great because we felt completely engrossed in the film. And then I saw Catching Fire alone and sat in the last row, centre seat, and thoroughly enjoyed not having anyone behind me so I could be completely inconspicuous crying with District 11 and eating my homemade smuggled snacks.

swirrlygrrl (#2,398)

But where do I sit if I don’t want to be harassed by the sound? I am getting crochety and old (“Turn that dang volume down!”) while still having the ears of a relative youngster.

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