I did some minor searching for a pre-existing condition thread, but didn’t see anything addressing this question directly.
Purely subjective topic, of course, but I’ve been thinking about this a little lately, after having not done so for many years. I usually aim for the middle, about eye-level with the middle of the screen, but the handful of times I’ve sat closer to the bottom (still without being anywhere near the front row), the screen has always seemed to be much bigger. Stadium seating (which is pretty much how all theaters are here in Las Vegas except for one or two) is nice for not having anyone in the way, but it feels like it might place most of the audience too far from the screen.
I prefer an aisle seat because I have long legs. I’ve been known to wait for the next show if the theater is packed. Plus, I must see the film from the beginning – I get very Woody-Allen-anal about such things.
And … Popcorn with the real imitation butter, Sprite, and Milk Duds.
Yeah, I always go for the middle. It also has the bonus of no people walking past you.
I tend to sit in the back so I don’t get nudged or bothered directly by the loud
Kids films. I will sit in the front because I used to when I was a kid myself
Two thirds of the way back, center.
In the more graded modern theaters I tend to sit toward the front of the rear area.
But, I care more about being centered than how far away I sit. I had some bad experiences as a kid when I sat toward the wall and had trouble seeing anything. So now all I care about is being centered.
I like that, “the real imitation butter”.
if i’m at the local cinematheque then i’m far left 2nd row. it’s the best seat because even-numbered rows jut out the perfect amount and you can put your foot on the armrest of the far left row in front of you and no one ever sits far left 1st row
at other theatres i just sit somewhere in the first few rows, and always to one side (i enjoy leaning to one side when i am watching stuff)
I avoid, unlike some of my friends, sitting right up at front, because you can hardly focus on the whole screen with giant details to twist your head back and forth over. I rather sit at the very back where I can see the whole proceedings, both in the film and the theater (if the film’s a dud and the audience is more interesting, that is).
In my local theater here in town, I basically sit at the end of the aisle either on the left or the right. I like room for my legs there too. I guess I usually sit in the middle or a little closer to the screen when I am in there. I sit at the end usually, because I don’t want to bother people if I need to use the restroom. My nearby multiplex, I generally sit in the middle of the aisle which is stadium sitting and usually not too far up and not too far down.
About the center row on the aisle, or closer. I don’t like the back of the theater. I do know someone who will only sit in the back row, not sure why.
Back and center.
I sit in the aisle seat farthest from the door, and then when I go to the bathroom or get popcorn I walk all the way through the seats in front of people just to piss everyone off.
As far away from other people as possible.
More often than not, I’ll sit at about the 2/3 mark at the right of the screen against the wall
Center seat, sixth row. That is the theoretical seating position that mixers take when re recording.
Two thirds back, center OR all the way back, center.
Fuck that front business.
Third of the way back from the screen, right hand side.
I try to sit as far enough back that I can see the edges of the screen, because the edges of the frame are important to me.
The last or second last row usually. I try to get my seat right dead center of the screen.
For more actiony films (which I tend not to see at the cinema much anyway..): half the way back, centre of the row because the editing in those films can be exhausting if you sit too close.
For everything else: Front row, centre of the row. Bathing in the image. Admittedly it’s a harder to appreciate the composition of the image like this, but I just love the sensory experience of being engulfed in the image.
Top left corner in front of the stairs for extra leg room.
I prefer an aisle seat near the middle of the theater with no one else in the same row on “my” side of the aisle. I don’t like to have anyone in the row directly in front of me, or in the row right behind me. If the row I sit in has no one else in it but me, and whomever I am with, that guarantees no one will be repeatedly walking past me. I don’t like the fidgeting of easily distracted people in front of me, and I really don’t like the inadvertent kicking of my seat from behind. Cell phone users become homicide victims.
Just below the projector, hopefully far far away from people.
In the middle, usually on the front row or close to it.
closer-middle of auditorium but then on either left or right aisle seats with popcorn with butter and brewer’s yeast interspersed with raisinettes. Usually don’t drink anything, maybe a seltzer water. I also find it important to lean to either side while watching to get a view of the whole frame of screen and to spy on my fellow movie goers (which might be my favorite aspect)
I go completely by my field of vision and the size of the screen. I want a middle seat where my peripheral vision is just filled side to side by the image, favoring a row further back than forward if it comes to that.
Back row aisle seat or center if it is not full.