1: What is Auditorium seating?
Fixed Auditorium Seating is a versatile seating product that is mounted to the floor, or immovable, that is most commonly utilized in:
- Lecture halls
- School auditoriums
- Performing arts theaters
- Sports arenas
- Movie theaters
- Places of Worship
Fixed auditorium seating is designed to create an experience. For example, when visiting a movie theater you may have noticed cushioned, reclining seats significantly adding to the viewer’s satisfaction and overall atmosphere. From comfort to design to functionality, fixed auditorium seating enables a space to provide an environment appropriate with the activity being performed.
2: A Little About Irwin Seating
Irwin Seating Company (ISC) is a family-owned, premier and leading manufacturer specializing in audience seating. Irwin’s mission is to “provide the very best seating and customer service to those in need of public seating.” With two manufacturing facilities in North America, Irwin Seating products can be found in education, athletic and theater spaces globally. In addition to auditorium seating, Irwin Seating Company also manufacturers bleachers, telescopic seating and offers restoration services.
3: About Fixed Auditorium Seating
Fixed auditorium seating is a versatile seating system that is fixed to the floor and frequently utilized in auditoriums, theaters, lecture halls and more. Although it is fixed furniture, it has a multitude of components enabling customization at it’s finest. It is available in a wide variety of colors, materials, backs, seats, end panels, armrests and more. A vast selection of accessories are available with fixed seating for added functionality such as tablet holders, foot shrouds, writing tablets, e-link and swing away aisle panels. Column components are robotically welded for superior durability to withstand even the rowdiest of activities.
Fixed Auditorium Seating is comprised of four main components; the platform, back, seat and end panel. Most components are interchangeable with one another allowing for maximum flexibility and ease in creating your desired seating.
Designing fixed auditorium seating starts with the chair base, or platform, offered in steel and cast iron models. Steel platforms are popular in auditoriums, arenas, places of worship and lecture halls due to their beauty yet durability and functionality. In addition to basic steel bases, there are models designed exclusively for high-end wood bottom chairs or with options such as cantilevered feet for additional aesthetics, perfect for a performing arts theatre. Not only does this particular platform accept various accessories, it comes in fifteen different powder coats to meet customer specifications.
Cast iron platforms are more commonly specified in sport venues where maximum durability due to wear and tear is of importance. Formed from class 25 gray iron, cast iron platforms are available for outdoors settings as well, perfect for your favorite sports team. This platform comes in fifteen different powder coat colors, multiple armrests and accepts various accessories.
Additional platform options include rockers and recliners. Custom options are also available.
Irwin Seating Company offers over 40 different seating backs to fit any use or venue. Most chair backs are compatible with any seating platform, seat or end panel model. Often specified in a stadium, ergonomically designed blow-molded plastic backs are a durable option. For a lecture hall or place of worship, customers may opt for a back with a 2” thick back poly for added comfort and aesthetics. Additional options included upholstered and non-upholstered plywood back veneer surfaces, common to performing arts theaters for added style and beauty.
Back models are available in a variety of shapes, thicknesses, finishes and colors. Decorative tufting, lumbar support and number plate options are widely available in many models.
Similar to chair backs, seats are available in blow-molded high impact resistant polyethylene, upholstered and non-upholstered contour molded hardwood, or poly cushions in a variety of thicknesses. Seat lift is accomplished through the use of a 13 gauge extension spring or cast iron counter weight for maximum longevity,
Many models do not have exposed hardware on the bottom surface of the seat for an overall appealing design and to prevent tampering. Many also pass the 600 lb. static load test and surpass the ASTM-851-87 Test Method for Self Rising Seat Mechanisms
Seat models are available in a variety of shapes, thicknesses, finishes and colors.
Aisle End Panels and Standards
Regardless of your venue, an end panel or standard creates the ideal finishing touch to any fixed auditorium seating. End panel and standard models are designed to work with all other Irwin Seating Company chair components. Available in a variety of construction options including medium density fiberboard surfaced with HPL or wood veneer, HDPE polymer, class 25 grey iron and aluminum. End panels are offered in a variety of shapes and designs including:
- Rounded Corners
- Signature (vertical front edge and curved rear edge)
- Enclosed (tear drop shape with central panel insert)
- Decorative (hand painted highlights or other designs including replicas of the 1920’s, 1930’s and more)
More intricate, lavish designs are often found in performing arts or historic theatres.
Each space and facility serves a different purpose and audience with its’ own set of requirements. This can involve distinctive seating design, ergonomics and functionality. Below is an overview of different spaces traditional fixed auditorium seating is utilized.
Fixed Auditorium seating is perfect in a high school auditorium for plays, assemblies and other gatherings. Available in a variety of designs, sizes and with accompanying accessories, seating can turn this school space into a work of art, just like the plays being watched in it. Durability and comfort are key for long lasting seating any school can be proud of.
Common components include upholstered seats and backs, plastic or wood end panels, and steel platforms.
Universities are constantly seeking to create beautiful, creative spaces for their students. Fixed Seating, available in a variety of colors and materials, can be arranged and designed to fit any lecture hall size and dimension. Whether a space is for 20 students or 500, Irwin Seating can accommodate any space with ease making sure each student has an ideal and comfortable view of the speaker. Tablet arms, swing away aisle panels and e-links are also available for added convenience and space saving.
Common components include upholstered or non-upholstered seats and backs and steel platforms.
Places of Worship
Longevity and comfort are of utmost important when selecting seating for a place of worship. With multiple economical options, Irwin offers fixed seating that is durable, quiet and beautiful- just as it should be. Fellowship seating is available in a variety of back heights with ergonomic design, decorative tufting and a veneer surfaced back panel.
Common components include upholstered seats and backs, veneer or laminate surface aisle end panel and steel platforms.
Arena & Stadium (Indoor and Outdoor)
With durability and comfort at the forefront of design, no longer are the days of aching backs and bottoms after attending a sporting event. Padded and cushioned seating is available for indoor and outdoor use, while maintaining the durability required to weather the elements and the most excited of sports fans. Stadium seating also features ergonomically designed molded polymer backs and seats for added comfort and longevity. Whether you are renovating or designing a brand new space, Irwin has seating options to fit any size arena or stadium, indoor and outdoor.
Common outdoor components include blow-molded plastic seats and backs, open aisle standard and steel platforms.
Common indoor components include 2” thick back poly seats and backs, and class 25 grey iron aisle standards and platforms.
In an elegant space such as a historic theatre, fixed seating must be equally as beautiful. With an attention to detail, Irwin offers exquisite seating options with beautiful, lavish, scalloped patterns and designs, including rich seat and back materials upholstered to the edge. In fact, Irwin Seating has provided seating for 33 theatres in New York’s broadway theatre district! <I think a picture here would be great!>
Common components include 2” thick back poly, decorative cast aluminum aisle end panels and steel platforms.
Similar to the options offered in auditoriums, Irwin performance theatre seating is a beautiful option with multiple side, back and fabric options for comfort and versatility. Some models include subtle wood reveals and seats and backs upholstered to the edges to create the perfect ambience.
Common components include 2” thick back poly with wood reveal backs and seats, veneer surfaced aisle end panels and steel platforms.
Using impact resistant plastics, seat lift mechanisms that are virtually maintenance free and fabrics that pass rigorous tests, movie theatre seating is durable, stylish and comfortable. With easily adjustable recliners, no longer are the days of leaving the movie theatre with a cramp in your neck. In addition, fixed seating for movie theaters is made to withstand the popcorn butter, drinks and more that it is sure to come into contact with. Variety of reclining options available.
Common components include extra thick upholstered seats and backs, upholstered ends and centers and steel platforms.
5: Fixed Auditorium Seating Accessories
A multitude of accessories are available for any fixed auditorium seating model to create beauty, convenience and enhanced functionality. Accessories include:
- Lumbar Support
- Foot Shrouds
- Under Seat Book Box
- Worship Caddy
- Writing Tablets
- Bronze and Aluminum Plates
- Donor Plates
- Focal Led Aisle Lights
- Beacon LED Aisle Lights
- Concealed LED Aisle Light
- Rear Cupholder
- Cupholder Arms
- Recliner Options with button
- Recliner Swivel Tables
- Swing Away Aisle Panel
6. Fixed Auditorium Seating Materials, Fabrics and Custom Options
- Powder Coat
- Vinyl Wraps
*Variety of colors, wood grains and more available in each option with matching lacquered edging where appropriate.
A wide variety of fabrics are available in options that have been tested for durability and longevity yet look beautiful. Fabric Colors Include:
- Variety of Solid Colors
- Variety of Patterns
- Color Matching Available
- Custom Patterns Available
Customization and Logos
Looking for a truly unique and branded seating product? Add your logo to any fixed auditorium seating model. Options include:
- Embroidered Seat Backs
- Screen Printed Logo Plates
- Integral Aisle End Logos
- Debossed Backs
7: Other Seating Types
Irwin Seating Company offers multiple seating types. Although this page focuses on fixed auditorium seating, Telescopic seating is an important offering as well. Telescopic Seating includes bleachers and platform seating. This type of seating is retractable and includes various options from basic bleachers or chairs with arms. Due to its versatility and space saving qualities, this is a popular seating option particularly for spectator seating. With advanced engineering and molding techniques, telescopic seating is created to be comfortable, fitting to human form, and beautiful. It is available in a wide variety of seating styles and colors.
In addition to fixed and telescopic seating, additional offerings include:
Auditorium Design Basics
Each project, need and venue is unique. Steve Wards & Associates will assist and guide with design, budget and install for your new fixed auditorium seating seeing your project through from beginning to end. Chairs will ship by components and be installed on site. Seating will be one of the last items assembled on your job site to avoid damage from construction, paint and other activities.
Interested in learning more about fixed auditorium seating? Let’s chat!