When purchasing commercial theatre, movie house, or auditorium seating, there are various options and styles available to property owners or theatre chair buyers. Whether the seating is being purchased for a modern movie theatre, performing arts center, school or community auditorium, or church sanctuary, each individual seating situation requires definite specifications.
In most instances, commercial buyers who are in the market for theatre seats and auditorium seating will not be looking for expensive, luxurious seating. In most cases, they are not interested in spending extra funds to obtain large orders of seats with massage or full reclining capabilities. Many theatres and performing arts centers will have definite priorities in upholstery fabric types, designs, and quality. In addition, their buyers will probably want specific seating designs and structures as well as specific seat and seatback shapes and sizes. Their main interest will be in acquiring sturdy, comfortable, attractive seating to accommodate as many patrons at once as possible.Read More...
Buyers of commercial theatre seating and other performance facility chairs and seats will purchase a large number of seats at once. Since, on average, a movie theatre today seats approximately 225 to 250 patrons and most modern movie houses are multi-screen theatres, seating buyers for movie theatres generally purchase theatre seats for all their theatres at the same time. By doing so, they are assured of style and upholstery uniformity, or slight variances for each theatre in the complex which complement the overall building’s interior design. Also, the majority of their new patron theater seats should sustain the wear and tear of use for the same length of time, which helps them avoid sporadic seat purchasing.
Different Types of Theatre, Performance, and Meeting Space Seating Available
- Stationary-back theatre chairs. – These seats are the best option for limited space theatre seating areas where movable seat backs would require additional room. Often available with cup holders for beverages, foldable tray tables, and movable armrests, these chairs are versatile in order to suit various seating needs. These stylish seats provide each patron with highest quality construction and comfort. Their injection-formed seatbacks are structured of the plastic, polypropylene, and are damage-resistant and molded to fit and give support to the human back’s natural curves and flexibility. The firm, yet comfortable foam seat cushions are designed to meet highest ergonomic standards. The seats’ automatic gravity lift feature offers easy, durable operating capability.
- Rocker theatre seats. – Although rocker theater seats require more space in theatre settings than do stationary, or fixed back, chairs, they also offer a comfortable motion option. Rocking chairs have been popular for ages, and many theatre patrons truly enjoy the relaxation of rocking while engrossed in a movie. Many people also report less stiffness or muscular discomfort after sitting for two hours or more in a rocking chair than a fixed back seat. Rocker theater seats are also a big attraction for children attending movies since they enjoy rocking and become far less restless when able to enjoy the motion of rocking. Rocker theatre chairs also have sophisticated ergonomic designs and injection-formed and molded plastic backs with curvilinear design for ultimate spinal support. Their inner back formation includes enforced ribbing for added durability.
- Auditorium seats. – Auditorium seats are equipped with study, anatomic seatbacks for enhanced lumbar comfort. Their modern design includes seats with the gravity lift feature and attached, thickly upholstered paneling. They may be decorated with additional wood or laminate, and their slim structure accommodates the fullest possible room seating capacity. All upholstery is padded for comfort and longevity, and seats usually have a hard plastic curved outer finishing layer to prolong their usability.
- Sanctuary seats. – Sanctuary seating, if not the traditional pew or bench variety, now comes in the form of comfortable chairs with padded and upholstered seats, seatbacks, and armrests. They also usually come equipped with a sizable book pouch, a gravity lift feature for easy return of seats to their space-enhancing upright positions, and a strong, yet streamlined outer plastic finishing layer for seats and seatbacks.
- Arena seating. – Arena seats are made of molded durable plastic, lack armrests, and are manufactured as a row of seats connected by a horizontal metal under-bar to which vertical metal legs are attached. These seats are ordered and sold in permanent rows. Some rock slightly, but return to three-quarter position automatically. They may be enhanced with padded, upholstered seats and backs, as well as tablet trays. Outdoor arena seats are often treated with UV protective agents for lasting use and attractiveness.
- Classroom seating. – Classroom seats are usually constructed entirely of wood, with useful arm rests or tablet-style arms. However, some are made with padded and upholstered seats and back inserts for comfort and style. Their general streamlined design allows for the maximum number of seats per row as well as the greatest number of seating rows possible within the classroom’s designated seating space.
- Used seating. – Used and renovated seating is quite popular with many commercial seating buyers. Aside from being decidedly less expensive than new seating models, older designs are often simpler and made from only a few compositional elements. This feature can make them easier to clean and maintain. Also, some buyers like the flexibility and creativity involved when redesigning or refurbishing an older model theatre seat or performing hall chair. It can be very satisfying to see used seating come alive with the addition of new surface finishes and/or vibrant new upholstery fabric types or patterns. Purchasing large numbers of older seats often greatly benefits the financial wellbeing of a school, organization or theatre.
- Stadium seats. – Stadium seating is usually constructed from a sturdy cast iron frame. Thick polyethylene plastic is often used to mold both seat and seatback. Several layers of paint or finish, as well as ultraviolet protective agents, are usually