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.