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Monday, January 28, 2013

Theatre Style Meeting Room Setup Guide

A theatre style room layout is traditionally used to present to a large audience. Chairs are arranged in rows facing a staging area and the layout allows the room to be used to its maximum occupancy. Listed below are the advantages and disadvantages of a theatre style seating layout with suggested placement of any needed Portable PA System, Multimedia Lectern and PA speakers.

Advantages: Ideal for large groups. Good for presenting videos or films that do not require discussion. Straight lectures with little group participation also works well with this style.

Disadvantages: Does not allow for much group participation. Does not provide writing surface for taking notes. People in the back rows may feel removed from the lecture.

Action Zone: Front, center of the room.

Group Involvement: Little to none.

Seating: Facing the front of the room in rows.

Spacing: Chairs should be aligned 2 inches apart. The first row of seats should be located 6 feet away from the trainers table.

Accommodates AV: Yes. Will accommodate equipment well. If a group is larger than 40 participants, consider using projected images on a large screen so everyone can view the presentation.

Portable PA System
Multimedia Lectern
PA Speaker
Wireless Microphone

Variations of Theatre Style

A slight bend is added to the rows to give a feeling of togetherness. Not recommended for large groups because much floor space is wasted.
Chevron or "V":
Seats are aligned in straight rows, angled at 30 degrees facing the instructor or visual presentation. Again, used to create more harmony in the group.

Room Size Audience Size Appropriate Sound System Wireless Amp Speakers
2,500 sq. ft. Up to
500 people
SW720 iPad, iPhone, iPod Wireless PA System SW720, built-in UHF 16 Built-in full range speaker
10,000 sq. ft. Up to 1,000 people SW222 Audio Portable Buddy SW222, Amp with built-in wireless receiver Built-in Jensen design
10,000 sq. ft. Up to 2,500 people SW800 Titan Portable PA Built-in digital UHF 16-channel wireless receiver Built-in full range speaker
25,000 sq. ft. Up to 3,000 people SW227 UHF 8-Channel Wireless Powered Speaker Voice Projector Kit SW225 Voice Projector Amp with build in receiver Built-in Jensen design
25,000 sq. ft. Up to 7,500 people SW915 Audio Travel Partner SW915 Build in Digital UHF 16-channel wireless receiver Two NEO Woofers and dynamic compression driver
30,000 sq. ft. Up to 5,000 people SW630 Half-mile Hailer Kits SW610A Amp with built-in wireless receiver Tapered, weather-resistant horn