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My room is slowly shrinking with sound isolation and acoustics treatments. What is a minimum isle width that you guys would be comfortable with?

I will have 2 rows of 4 with an isle to one side. The curved row of chairs I really want would only give me 25.25".
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take a dining room chair and put it 25.25 inches from a wall. See what it is like to walk by. I think you will discover that you will be fine. Personally I would just do two rows of 3 and have ample room, sitting against the wall on the one side is less than ideal. But then I rarely need to accommodate more than 6 people.
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Thanks Big I did the chair test and it seemed OK but hard to tell for sure.

What's the minimum other people would suggest or have used in their setups?
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Something that's big for me is to have a seat that is exactly in the middle of the screen, so that would play into the 3 vs 4 per row. For me...

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Anybody else using a sub 25" width in their HT? Are you Ok with it?
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Big has a good suggestion.
Food for thought:

25" will put the listener's ears 36" or more from the side wall.
In typical use, one will enter the theater, find their seat, and plop their rear end into a seat and stay there for 1.5 to 2.0 hours. The aisles don't get that much use (as contrasted to, say, a hallway). So, you have a use ratio of a couple of seconds of aisle use to 5400 seconds of seat use.

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But the seat on the other end will put your ears very close to the wall.

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Minimum Isle dimensions should be at least 100'x100' otherwise you may not have enough room for both a cottage and a boat dock.

(Apologies for the snark )
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Minimum Isle dimensions should be at least 100'x100' otherwise you may not have enough room for both a cottage and a boat dock.

(Apologies for the snark )

Snark? Is that Canadian Jabberwockey?
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I have 2 curved rows. 4 in front and 5 in the rear. The two end seats in the second row are pretty close to the wall but they don't get used all that much and I like the idea of having the 'staggered' seating so nobody is sitting directly in front of somone.

With the cuved front row, my aisles start at 30" and reduce to 27". I also have a (fairly large) sconce/torchiere in the vacinity that sticks about 6" off the wall. I was also worried about aisle width but it has not been a problem at all. 3 chairs in the front row really was not an option since we have a family of 4.
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25" sounds a bit narrow. Are you ever going to need access for people with special needs? Food for thought: http://www.access-board.gov/adaag/html/adaag.htm
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