I tend to go for the center — I never leave during the movie, and usually sit through the credits, so sitting on the aisle doesn’t offer any advantages. Ideally, I try to sit right behind the railing in the usual stadium-seating configuration that has the cross-aisle about 1/3 of the way back; if you’re behind the rail, you can put your feet up without worrying about kicking someone’s chair. However, if I’m running late and there’s nothing there, I tend to go for the very back row, in the corner. Again, the advantage being that you can stretch your legs out directly in front of yourself up there.You can read the rest of the responses over at Criticwire.
The worst place to be is up front. Once upon a time, that was just because of having to crane your neck, and the difficulty of taking in the full image without moving your head. But digital projection has created yet another disadvantage to sitting close: From anywhere closer than five rows back or so, I can usually see the “stair-step” effect of the pixels that make up what ought to be smooth lines in the image.
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