US Theatre Seats Get Bigger

Reuters said yesterday a new report by Theatre Projects Consultants, a large theatre design company, showed the average seat size in US theatres increased in width from 19 to 21 inches from 1900 to 1990. As a result, the report claims a modern theatre only holds about half the capacity than that of a theatre built a century ago. The company also says since 1990, the cost and size of theatre auditoriums has grown almost 30%, accommodating for the delicate balance between proximity to the stage and audience comfort. However, it seems someone forgot to tell Broadway about the need for larger seats and more leg room!

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