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I'm looking for examples of rooms with single row seating. We're stuck with a square 15x15 room (due to setback restriction) so I'm likely going to end up with a single row of seating.
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Here is my preliminary plan. I haven't built it yet (the Erskine Group will be tweaking it), but it will have a single row of seats with bar seating in the second row. I need to keep the passageway across the rear clear.
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I plan to, but not there yet. Amir's showroom has 1 row. link

If you have a riser, you may need a railing.

 

 

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Fifteen feet deep should be enough for 2 rows of seating, one row against the back wall if needed.

Put things that you might put at the back on the sides instead.

With just one really wide row of perhaps 8 to 10 seats the sight lines become too unfavorable (although this could justify habitually stretching 4:3 shows to fill a 16:9 screen to give persons on the ends a better view).

If a passageway needs to run along one edge of a square room you might give a little thought to make that edge one side instead of the back.

Remember when lines and logos burned the TV screen? I was at a concert where a musical selection made extremely heavy use of about four of the keys of the piano.
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You can't do two rows in 15 ft if you want comfortable Reclining seating. 8-10 across? Alan, this is a 15 ft wide room we are talking about.
Hand rail for a riser? not sure I understand that comment.

RobZ back to your request for examples of single row theaters here is a NOVA theater in a 12x15 space. Four abreast reclining theater seats with armrests will range between 115 and 140 inches depending on model.

http://www.avsforum.com/t/982083/landsharks-small-yet-cozy-home-theater-thread/0_40
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Ive thought about a riser with a leather sofa in rear against wall and row of 3-4 recliners in front. This would create a distance of 9 ft viewing from front row.
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If you need overflow seating you could use bolt down real theater seats for the scond row and probably keep the first row at 10 -10 1/2 ft.
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I think my preferred option is a short riser with a row of five seats in the curved configuration. This will allow me enough viewing range to put in a false wall housing the Klispch THX ultras and eliminating the square room (will make it 15 x 14 x 9-10 ft).

Here's the basic layout I'm looking at (found on Houzz) except our entry is closer to the center of the room

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Why would you need a riser in a one row theater?
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I like it for the look (wood trim, rope lighting) and ability to use some overflow seating in front if needed.
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It also elevates your eyes. It like my eyes dead center. The wider the screen, the taller it gets. In my case 13' wide screen mounted dead center vertically from 1st row would have put the screen in the ground. So the plan is to make the money seats what would be 2nd row on the risers and leave space below for overflow.

The railing I think is a code / safety thing. I'm not sure how far a drop is advisable before a railing is needed.

I was thinking of doing something like this, but without the 2 front chairs.


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I'm planning no stage, and no riser. That takes care of the eye-level issue.
I agree with Big - that's a lot of complication to build a stage and a riser for one row of seats -- I'll spend my money elsewhere.
But you are the one you have to please, not me, so I know where you're coming from.
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It also elevates your eyes. It like my eyes dead center. The wider the screen, the taller it gets. In my case 13' wide screen mounted dead center vertically from 1st row would have put the screen in the ground. So the plan is to make the money seats what would be 2nd row on the risers and leave space below for overflow.
The railing I think is a code / safety thing. I'm not sure how far a drop is advisable before a railing is needed.
I was thinking of doing something like this, but without the 2 front chairs.
railing.jpg

Looks awesome. Our home (in framing stage) is a Santa Barbara style mediterranean home with plenty of beams and wrought iron so the railing would look perfect. Much tighter space for me though. We opted for a cozier therater space but added a full gym and library.
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If you need overflow seating you could use bolt down real theater seats for the scond row and probably keep the first row at 10 -10 1/2 ft.

I like this idea or maybe bar seating for the second row. Making the front row the money seats puts them in better positon to benefit from 7.1 sound. Also, the future of HT projectors is 4K which is going to look amazing viewed up close. Perhaps consider a CIH screen which is ideal for close viewing.
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I was going with the design below until I decided to changes some things around to give me space enough for a second row riser. I still love this idea and it would be great to have a bar for dining without making a mess of you're theater seats!

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