Where to sit at the movies if you have pain…

Pain Don't let pain limit the movies

Do you dread going to the movies because you end up in a world of pain?


Do you actively make a decision where to sit based on comfort?

I went to see the new Justice League at the weekend with the family, and it was a long movie, and we weren’t sitting in the ‘ideal spot’ so it got me thinking – if you are in pain do you think where to sit based on comfort?

If not – you should consider a few things…

Going out to the movies should be fun. It’s fun to get to see the new tech, the new CGI, and also the new releases, but for some of us that can be dampened by the fact we get uncomfortable sitting for too long.

Kids are great. They are so small and the seats are so big for them, they can sit and adjust and stay comfy most of the time.

For adults it can be a minefield! And if you haven’t considered seating for comfort when you go out – maybe you should.

Here’s the pros and cons of where to sit in the cinema, and what may be worth considering if you haven’t thought about it already!


At the Back

Teenagers and kids all seem to wanna be at the back.

If you can tough it out with that crew – this is the best place to sit, specifically at the end of a row, if you have back / hip pain. Here you can stand and stretch if you need to and be safe in the knowledge there is no one behind you.

Also if you can’t sit for too long, this is the best place – and it doesn’t mean right up all those stairs either – if you’re in a bigger cinema, they may have two tiers of seating so stay at the back at the lower tier and you may even bag the seats that are next to the foyer entrance so if you need to you can stretch our legs and pace in that foyer whilst still watching the movie.

At the end of a row

These are best for those who need to stretch their legs or get fidgety if their knees are keep still. Great if you’re on the taller side and have long legs, but also great if you need to move about and stretch your legs out due to hip, knee or foot issues. Obviously be mindful if you are on the gangway side where people are likely to walk by you, but the end seats are great if you need to move a little, without actually needing to stand.

Front rows

Whatever level – the front rows are great if you have longer legs and just want more room in front of you. The added benefit is no-ones head will be in your way, however you may be closer to the screen than you would want to be.

Centre of the Screen

This is the absolute best place if you have neck pain. Sitting either side will mean you have to turn your head for a sustained amount of time, however little that turn is, so do yourself a favour and stay sitting front on. Level wise pick one that suits your height so as you look at the screen, you don’t feel uncomfortable by looking up too much. It’s at your natural head level.

So next time you’re at the movies, see if there’s a better place for you to sit based on what your body needs right now and enjoy the movie 🙂





About Saree Hewlett (135 Articles)
Saree has 20 + years as a physio, training in the UK and completing her Masters in Manual Therapy in Perth, UWA. She has integrated Pilates into her practise having trained in the Polestar method and currently owns and runs two Studios in Perth's Northern Suburbs. A previous international Artistic Skater she understands the needs of sports people and also those suffering from chronic pain and reduced function - we all want the same thing - to be the best we can be! She is married with two active young boys!

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