Whenever I book online the already-booked seating shows a triangle with its base at the back and, oxymoronically, because I am hugely intelligent it doesn't really make sense to me. I think for The Great Unwashed it's probably a leftover habit from school days, when sitting at the back of the class or the bus is what the cool kids did, but I always find myself laughing maniacally and shouting: "Fools! If you're going to the Big Screen why do you sit further from the screen?!? DON'T YOU UNDERSTAND THAT THE SCREEN LOOKS SMALLER THE FURTHER YOU ARE FROM IT A-HE-HE-HE-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!"
Of course I'm only shouting it to myself in my bathroom at home with the door locked, windows closed and a thick fluffy towel clamped over my own mouth, but I am really thinking it. For me the optimum position is about 1/3 to 1/2 back from the screen in the centre. In a 3D movie of course it's better to be closer to the screen to minimise immersion-destroying edge-effects (3D stops at the edge of the screen dontchaknow), so I may even sit 1/4 back in those cases, as I did for The Hobbit, in which I experienced the best 3D EVER.
Am I correct to feel this superior?