If you like to geek out like us, then going to the movies isn’t just about the movie, it’s about the experience. From selecting the flick to picking the right nosh to where you and your buddy are going to sit. Yes, a seat of space between you and a stranger is preferred, but we asked our in house audio expert, Darryl Mardirossian, where to sit in a theater to get..
the ultimate bang for your buck… literally.
We’re talking where the movie isn’t just seen and heard, it’s felt. Encompassing you with gyrations and vibrations, drawing you into the storyline:
With all the talk of home theaters and handheld hoopla, some of us have forgotten how amazing it is to sit in a theater and get lost in a great movie.
But good story alone does not movie magic make. Nor does a one-liner from Samuel L. Jackson (if you are offended by foul language, please do not click on the link – parental discretion is advised). It’s being in a room with dozens of people, all feeding off the same energy.
However, few know my favorite secret to getting the most out of the movie-going experience, whether matinee or midnight premiere, and that’s where to position yourself in a theater for the best viewing experience.
There are two components to this: sight and sound. Each must be selected strategically.
Visually, sit where you’re most comfortable. Some like to be close to the screen, while others prefer to be further back. Personally, I’m a 3/4-back kinda guy. But that’s because the seats never recline enough, and I hate craning my neck. Seriously, I’m still recovering from three hours of The Dark Knight Rises.
After your eyes are happy, consider where you’ll hear the film in the way closest to how the director intended.
Finding the sweet spot in a theater is fairly simple.
First, pick a row directly in front of the surround-sound speakers on the side walls. There will be a few sets of these, and each carries the same information, so don’t sweat how far back it is.
Then, position yourself as close to the center of that row as you can.
Now sit back, relax, be patient through the half-hour of Enya and celebrity trivia if Screenfanz isn’t available at your local theater, and get ready to enjoy your movie the way it was meant to be enjoyed: with a fully balanced soundtrack!