The Samuel Goldwyn Academy Theater what a wonderful and beautiful venue. If only there were more places like that we could all enjoy.
Screen size 54’x22’ scope
Assuming there to be 36’ between the last row and the back of the theater including lobby, that would work out to a 4X screen height seating distance back to the 25th row (last row). The first row looks to be a neck breaker with eye level at the bottom of the screen and something 1X screen height seating distance.
So of the 1010 seats maybe 300 would be in the ideal range for most of us and 300 might be the ones Jon Bishop is saying that directors plan for head movement. The rest of the seats to the back of the theater 2.5X to 4X wouldn’t require much more than casual normal cinema eye movement.
In my town we reconstructed our movie palace the Warner Theater built in 1931. I viewed so many great movies in until 1976 when they closed down. It seats 2260 and is an amazing venue. It is now mostly used for live performances but last year they brought in a reference screen and top of the line digital projection equipment and played a re-mastered Casablanca while our symphonic orchestra played a synchronous score to the movie. It was an amazing night seeing the place return to cinema, and they filled every seat. Hoping that glimpse might be enough to spur interest in buying a few million dollars of equipment to transfer it back full time. Doubt it will happen in my lifetime but a nice dream.
Attaching two photos of the Samuel Goldwyn Academy Theater and two of our Warner as it looks now.
I would someday love to watch a movie in the Samuel Goldwyn Academy Theater.