Church Theater Seating and Pews

Church Theater Seats
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Theater Seats

SERIES introduction of the Celebration theater seat in 1999 revolutionized church seating. The Celebration theater seat was engineered to provide benefits not found in any other theater seats or pew product. Prior to the advent of the Series church theater seat, the only theater seating available to churches, at a reachable budget, were theater seats designed for cinemas and high school auditoriums. Like pews, these theater seats did not have the space efficiency characteristics of the SERIES theater seat. Most theater seating reveals a total dimensional depth of 20 to 23 inches. This is the dimension on the theater seat from the rear of the seat back to the front of the seat when the seat is in the up position. This is referred to as the seat envelope. The envelope on the SERIES theater seat is less than 16 inches. This sleek profile provides significantly more space between rows than what is found in other theater seats, pews or stack chairs. This added egress has an enormous impact on traffic flow, seat capacity and overall space efficiency.

Added Space efficiency is just one of the benefits that influenced the movement away from church pews to SERIES theater seats. The engineering of the Celebration theater seat also eliminated all of the common objections that churches had with the theater seat concept. Theater seating, in general, had a reputation for excessive noise and maintenance which would be unacceptable in a worship setting. Churches also objected to the arm dividers in conventional theater seats which are restrictive to larger people and detract from the sense of community. Additional objections related to the tendency that theater seats have to fold up on children and smaller adults. And the molded plastic exteriors common to lower priced theater seats present a considerable compromise to the wood and fabric preferred in a worship setting. The SERIES theater seat was engineered to eliminate all the above objections and open the door to the priority of better stewardship of worship space
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Pews

With the introduction of the Pew Optima, SERIES integrated the self lifting seat into a traditional pew concept. Now churches who value a traditional look don't have to sacrifice the familiar "pew atmosphere" in order to gain the benefits of stewardship found in theater seats. The Pew Optima will increase seat capacity by 20% over that of conventional church pews and will more than triple the traffic flow efficiency.

Conventional church pews have only 12" of passage between the rows at standard 36" row spacing. This minimal egress restricts the length of standard church pews to only 22' 6" allowable by code. The self lifting seat on the Pew Optima widens the passage space between the rows to over 20". This gives architects the freedom to extend the pew length up to 80 ft. without violating fire codes. The opportunity for longer rows with the Pew Optima means fewer aisles are required throughout the facility, which frees up additional floor space.
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Church Chairs

We designed our stackable church chair to harmonize with our Celebration theater seat. We wanted to provide the market with up-grade church chairs that would deliver theater seat qualities not found in the typical church chair products. Our church chairs incorporate the most advanced ergonomic information to date. The back component of SERIES church chairs features a superior lumbar support and retains the horizontal pleat found in our theater seat. The back of the chair is curved from side to side, with a slight crown to the top . These subtle contours allow the chairs to align, side to side, in a way that is more forgiving to floor irregularities and other outside variables. One of our goals in the design of our church chairs was to give the overall worship setting the look and feel that we achieve with our theater seat while accommodating the requirements of a flexible space. All of our stackable church chairs can be interlocked in either straight or radius configurations
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Church Seating Riser Systems

Stadium Seating Enterprises is a company resource for stadium seating risers that can save churches time and money over traditional stadium seating riser systems. This is a great option for any application using stadium seating. The key to the cost savings lies in the use of simple, custom, prefabricated modular riser components that can be fabricated into virtually any size or shape by the building general contractor. The SSE stadium seating riser system is recommended in conjunction with all stadium seating products such as church pews, church theater seats, and church chairs.
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