4 Popular Seating Arrangements to Use in Auditorium Planning

Planning an auditorium is a daunting task, be it be your first time or your 100th time. Auditoriums are home to various branches of performing arts like plays, orchestras, dance recitals etc. and act as a bridge between art and man. Therefore, their planning must be done in a way which justifies their purpose.

Typically, auditoriums have a fixed seating arrangement. It can either be in the Multiple Aisle Layout or the Continental Layout. This seating arrangement defines the form, which is the overall shape of the auditorium. The form defines the function, different forms create different audience – performer relationship. But before settling on a form and playing around with its dimension keep in mind to complement the lighting, stage design and acoustic qualities of the hall with your seating arrangement.

Here are the 4 basic forms you can use –

End Stage Form

When dealing with small spaces the end stage auditorium form is your best bet. This formation flourishes in new or renovated buildings where the auditorium or hall space isn’t much. Since this form of auditorium planning flourishes in restricted space settings, using this for lecture halls and film presentations is suitable. Additionally, the multiple aisle seating layout works excellently with this auditorium form as it makes the most use of the space as well as give a formal look.

However, this form doesn’t create a close relationship between the audience and the stage.

Wide Fan Form

The wide fan form promotes a more intimate relationship between the spectator and performer. As the name of the form suggest, the wide fan typically makes use of the continental seating arrangement to fan out the seats in the room. The wide fan form is great to use for auditoriums where one aims to hold brief film or slide presentations as well as speech related activities.

But one has to remember to restrict the angle of this fan so as to no seat is placed at a place from where the spectator has a problem in seeing and hearing.

3/4th Arena Form

The shape that the 3/4th arena form creates is very similar to an amphitheatre. This form spreads the seating, which is done in the continental form, in front of the stage area. This form is best employed in open spaces or stadiums as it improves the sightline and aural contact of the audience. Even in closed spaces, this form is great for plays and other performing arts performances. Additionally, one can use television monitors or projection screens throughout the room to establish a better connection.

Arena Stage Form

By using arena stage form, you can bring the spectators closer to the performer. In this form of auditorium planning, the seating arrangement encircles the stage and allows for a 360 degree engagement of the crowd with the performer. The arena stage form maybe used for musical concerts and stadiums, where the need to accommodate and engage a lot of people coincide.

However, the only problem with this layout is that at any time during a performance, the performer will have to show his back to a certain area of the audience.

In addition to choose the right form for your auditorium, you also have to choose the right chairs. A spectator can only enjoy the performance when he is comfortable with where and especially, on what he is sitting. Moreover, different auditoriums have different needs for seating.

In the view of the same, Indo Innovations has dedicated an entire range of auditorium chairs which are comfortable, supportive and durable. Our selection offers a versatility in auditorium chair design without compromising on its aesthetic, level of contentment and style.


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