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How to choose the right cinema seats

6 Aspects to consider when choosing seats

Cinema seats are fundamental elements for guaranteeing a visual, comfortable and safe experience for spectators in cinemas. Here are some key points to take into consideration.

Cinema Seats: the Magic of Comfort Behind the Screen

The history of cinema is dotted with evolutions, not only technological and narrative, but also in the comfort of spectators. Cinema seats, from simple wooden chairs, have transformed into relaxation thrones, significantly influencing the enjoyment of a film. This article explores the history of cinema seatings, the materials used, safety regulations and offers advices on how to choose the best seats for your cinema room.

Example of a room with wooden cinema seats
Example of a room with wooden cinema seats

Historical notes on cinema and cinema sessions

Cinema has a fascinating history dating back to the late 19th century. The first films, like the short films of the Lumière brothers, were shown in theaters or public places, with seats often consisting of simple wooden benches, uncomfortable and impractical for prolonged viewing. As cinema evolved during the 1920s and 1930s, “movie palaces” were born, decorated with pomp and luxury, and seatings reflected this style with padded and ornate seats, often covered in velvet or leather.

1930s cinema seats - LCF
Example of end row sides of 1930s cinema seats
End of a row of cinema seats 1930’s ” by YellowFratello is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 .

In the 1950s and 1960s, with the advent of multiplex cinemas, seatings became more functional and standardized but always focused on the comfort of the audience. Today, technological innovation has led to the creation of ergonomic cinema seats, designed to ensure maximum comfort during long projections and improve the viewing experience thanks also to accessories such as reclining backrests, headrests and wide armrests. These seats comply with the most rigorous safety regulations, using fireproof materials and strong structures that guarantee resistance and durability over time

Cineferonia Multiplex Cinema - Nirvana Cinema Seats by LCF
Cinema Multiplex CineferoniaNirvana cinema seat by LCF

Choosing the Right Cinema Seat: an Experience Not to Underestimate

Each armchair tells a story of comfort and attention to artisanal detail. When you enter a cinema, the choice of a seat becomes a ritual that anticipates the experience of the film itself. Immersing yourself in the magic of the story requires a perfect combination of image, sound and adequate comfort. Here are some key factors to consider:

  1. Comfort: Seats must be ergonomic and comfortable. Reclining backrests, headrests and wide armrests offer optimal support, ensuring correct posture and preventing fatigue during long projections.
  2. Durability and Safety: The use of high-quality fire-retardant materials and robust structures ensures a safe environment, in compliance with safety regulations.
  3. Maintenance: Easy-to-clean materials and regular maintenance are fundamental to ensuring longevity and ease of maintenance for the seatings.
  4. Aesthetics: The seats should reflect the style of the cinema and create a welcoming environment. It is important that the manufacturer offers a customization service to create tailor-made armchairs.
  5. Functionality: Make sure the seats can be accessorised to enhance the cinema experience. Cup holders, slide-out tablets, and USB connectors are some extras to consider. Row numbering and signaling systems facilitate orientation and room management.
  6. Manufacturer: Choosing a cinema seating manufacturer with experience, good reputation and offering guarantees and certifications on the product is essential. A fine manufacturer like LCF has experience in the sector, offers a wide range of customizable models and guarantees a professional installation service.

Safety and Regulations: the perfectly-made seat

Behind the scenes of relaxation lies a world of rules and regulations that guarantee the safety of spectators. Cinema seats must comply with rigorous safety standards, from the choice of fireproof materials to the stability of the structure, through wear and tear resistance and ease of evacuation in the event of an emergency. Here are some common guidelines:

  • Fire Resistance: The materials used, such as padding and coverings, must be fireproof, compliant with local fire safety regulations and with low emission of toxic fumes.
  • Stability and Resistance: Seats must be built to withstand intensive use and support the weight of spectators without risk of breakage.
  • Accessibility: Rooms must include seats for people with disabilities, with easily accessible seats and sufficient space for wheelchairs.
  • Safety Distances: The seats must be arranged to guarantee safe and easy escape routes in case of emergency, taking into account the distance between rows and aisles.
  • Materials and Dimensions: the Perfect Balance between Aesthetics and Functionality
    The materials used for quality cinema seats include steel for the structures, non-deformable foams for the padding and leather or technical fabric coverings, chosen to guarantee comfort, durability and ease of maintenance. The dimensions vary according to the model and use, but in general they offer a large seating space, with a wheelbase of approximately 50-60 cm wide, and high backrests for optimal support. The inter-row space, i.e. the distance between the backrest of an armchair and that of the row in front, is usually between 90 and 110 cm, to ensure sufficient space for the legs, maintaining accessibility according to current regulations.

Cinema Farnese Rome, with K904L seat by LCF

Choosing the Right Cinema Seats Manufacturer

Relying on a reliable manufacturer of cinema seats is essential to have high-quality seats that are long-lasting, safe and comfortable, guaranteeing an optimal viewing experience. Choosing the right supplier means investing in the comfort of spectators and the prestige of your cinema. Some of the best manufacturers in Italy, such as LCF, offer high quality armchairs, made with resistant materials and finished with artisan care.

In conclusion, cinema seats are more than just chairs: they are essential for creating a welcoming and engaging atmosphere, where the magic of cinema can come to life. Choosing the right seat means giving value to the comfort of the spectators and making each screening an unforgettable experience. Relying on a qualified manufacturer like LCF, an Italian company with great experience and commitment to innovation, guarantees certified, fireproof and carefully handmade armchairs, 100% made in Italy.

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