Originally Posted by CinemaAndy
Irwin and Seating Concepts are the best makes of commercial auditorium seating you can get. Those Irwin's are stain and fade resistant and will last you for years. These are the older version prestige telescopic seats and looks like Number 2 rocker platform. The rocker platform is how the seats recline, this is what the number means. The seat back, is what kind of seat cushion and back they have. Hope that makes sense for you. In other words that is how they are sold. If you got all six seats, yes it was a good deal. New they were around $175 a complete seat plus cup holders. I'm sure some one redone a auditorium and was given the seats to dispose of, this is the way it usually happens.
If head room is a problem i would go with 1 foot rise. If head room is not a problem i would go with 2 feet rise. For your best bet, simply experiment with the seats height versus screen height until you find your perfect combination. The best, most practical way to do that is to use scrap lumber and add and subtract till it feels right to you, then build your platform to that height. There is not really a right or wrong, it is what you want. Also do not forget about leg room to avoid that commercial someone's kicking your seat feeling, unless you want that experience.
Is that $175 for a set of three? Thanks for the background information.
I did some measurements and used a riser height calculator from diymovierooms.com and it suggested a 16in riser. With our low ceilings, if we did a 15in riser, I believe I would have about 3 or 4inches from the ceiling while standing up on the riser (I am 6ft tall). I am cool with that, because I am the tallest in the house and for the most part, it will just be us using the room.
The room is 17ft long, so we were thinking about doing a depth of approx 5ft, so we can have enough room to put some sort of foot rest/railing attached to the stage.
The consensus here is there needs to be foot rests for both rows, to make the theater seats more comfortable for long sitting periods.
I have been reading about how some people make these and most suggest lining the inside of the stage with plastic and filling with play sand, or insulation (we will do which ever is cheaper).
I also read that the stage/riser should not be totally against the surround walls; to prevent rattling? Is this true?
Has anyone done this?
Thanks again for your input guys, it is much appreciated!