Configureable Space Seating Labeling

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  1. SteveMcQueen

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    Hello everyone:

    I'm the Manager for a 3 theatre complex, all spaces have configureable seating. This is the first year we are moving the seating configuration for each show. Up to this point we have only been in proscenium. When we first opened, I bought stickers that I printed seat and row numbers on, and attached to the arms. Since each seating config has a different seat count, how has others delt with seats changing numbers. I would love to stick some kind of hard engraved plastic label on the arms, but seat A1 won't always be seat A1. In the round we will have 4 A1 seats. All the seats are separate chairs, not ganged together or anything. They are 4 legged office chairs without wheels pretty much.

    Any thoughts on how to make a cost effective, nice looking, professional chair label, that is removable I think is what I'm asking. Any help would be great,

    Thanks!

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    At the Oregon Shakespeare Featival they have a black box theatre.

    Now they only have three seating configurations, and they are in rotating rep. But what they do is put three stickers (color coded ) on each chair.
     
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    @SteveMcQueen How do you store your chairs; do they stack??
    If they stack, consider labeling the chairs on an outer edge of their back rests so the labels are at a decent height and remain visible when stacked.
    One local amateur venue operates with a center aisle; the first row seats 8 either side of center, the second seats 9 with all remaining rows seating 10. Five is a convenient height for stacking their seats. When in storage, they stack their seats in order against the two side walls with the aisle seats on top and the seats nearest the wall on the bottom; this makes for ease of stacking and resetting. Over the years, they've learned to cover their seats with plastic drop cloths while in storage, covering the seats is less work than cleaning them. Their seats have fabric covered padded seats and back rests, every four or five years they bring in a steam cleaner and clean the fabric covered surfaces. They have engraved Lamicoid labels on the sides of the seats that face towards the center aisle. All chairs are uniquely numbered: Rows C through H begin with C1 (H1) against an outer wall, C10 (H10) on one side of the center aisle, C11 (H11) on the other side of center and C20 (H20) against the other outer wall. Due to site lines, Row B has only nine seats either side of center numbered B2 through B18. Row A has only eight chairs either side of center numbered A3 through A16. Center aisle seats are always numbered 10 on one side of center and 11 on the other side.
    Another local amateur venue has seats that pin together in rows of typically nine or ten seats. They break their seats down to rows of four or five and still manage to stack them in groups of four or five wide.
    Toodleoo!
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    Well, two out of three (3 out of 4?) ain't bad...What I've seen most arenas do with their floor seats...the bottom of the chair seat is painted with a circle or oval of chalkboard paint, and the seat number is written with chalk after the chairs have been set. This works well when the seats are reconfigured on almost a daily basis, but admittedly is not the prettiest solution.

    Off the top of my head, in @SteveMcQueen 's case, I'm thinking of a label holder on the chair arm or seat bottom with the labels laser-printed on card stock.

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    https://www.walmart.com/ip/K-Compan...t-Label-Holders-and-Labels-20-Pieces/22401044
     
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    @SteveMcQueen With four chairs all designated as A1 you must have some interesting debates when four patrons arrive all with tickets for seat A1 and ALL want the same seat. Do you provide water pistols or just let them slug it out??
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    I like this idea. I started looking at plastic stick on ones. That we can change out the seat numbers





     
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    Sections. So it’s Section 1, Row A, Seat 1. Or North East south west. Something like that.


     
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    @SteveMcQueen
    Would you consider assigning each chair a unique number??
    Toodleoo!
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    Magnetic tags are used for this, as are velcro.

    Do the seats flip up or stay down? Numbers on the leading edge of the seat, or under, works if they rise. Else back. Saw largish labels on floor under seats some where.

    Or get really creative with video mapping.....
     
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    That could work, but these seats move between theaters as well, and we could (and usually do) have more than one event happening at the same time.
     
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    These chairs so not fold, they just stack, and are plastic. I don't want anything that is that temporary, kids will take them, or move them around. Something more permanent like a plastic holder, but that is possible to change the card in side, but not too easy that a little kid could pick at it. So something is easy to take off, but not easy to take off. Easy....

    Do like the idea of video mapping numbers.
     
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    @SteveMcQueen How do you feel about stencils and paint?
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    Taking the suggestions to plaid, install a projector or six in the ceiling and project the seat numbers downward. As an added bonus the numbers can be used as an alignment guide when setting up.
     
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    I wonder if one laser projector couldn't do it all. Project layouts, set floor plans, seat numbers, etc.
     
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    . . . and in a range of designer approved colors to best suit each production.
    Toodleoo!
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    Integrate the projector with the ticket scanners then you could highlight the patron's seat and paint arrows on the floor to direct them. If anybody monetizes this idea I claim "prior art" when they try to patent it.

    I guess there's something beyond plaid.
     
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    Does your ticketing system allow changing the seat numbering system?
    In one theatre I worked in, in any row, there are no recurring seat numbers but the aisle seat always ended with 1.
    So the left section was 101, Center was 201 Right was 301. So you'd be seat A101.

    If your chairs are getting moved more often than once per run, like stacked during the week or during janitorial, it might make more sense to label the floor, then it doesn't matter what order the chairs are replaced.
     
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    I thunk some sort of clip on/velcro system is best, that way it doesnt matter which seat is where, and you just have the labels to take off in-between runs. Im thinking having three sets of labels, and a very convenient storage system that keeps them in order so all you have to do is go down each aisle and stick them on.

    Do you have a picture of the specific chairs in use?

    +1 for the projector idea.
     
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