Where to Sit In a Movie Theater With Your Service Dog and Why


So this is my pathetic little diagram of the average movie theater. As you can see, I have circled a bunch of various seating options. The ones I have circled are the ones I believe to be the best areas for sitting with a service dog. Which one works best for you, is all going to depend on a bunch of things. Your personal preferences, your medical condition, and also your individual dog. Now let’s take a look at each seating position, and talk about which type of SD team it’d be best for. #1: This is typically where the handicapped seating is. Which is going to be best for those who use assistive devices such as wheelchairs, canes, or walkers. And it can also be good for those who have large breed service dogs, and need the extra space. Once the theater is full and you are absolutely sure that no other handicapped people will be needing one of these seats, I suggest using one yourself as they are definitely the most comfortable option for both you and your dog, regardless of whether or not you are physically disabled. This is also a really good place to sit if you need quick and easy access to the exit. #2: This is the row of seating that is farthest back in the theater. If you are physically able to make it to the back row of seats, and do not need quick and easy access to the exit for medical reasons Then this is definitely an ideal spot for you and your dog to sit throughout the movie. It’s also a pretty good location to not have to worry about having to move to let other people in and out of the row. #3: Is sort of a compromise between #1 and #2. You have pretty quick and easy access to the exit. While also sitting closer to the screen so you can actually see the movie while you’re watching it. The only downside to this seating location, is that you will often have to move to let people in and out of your row. #4: Is what I like to call the “sweet spot”. Next to the handicapped seating, this is just about the best place you’re ever going to be able to sit. Quick and easy access to the exits for medical emergencies. An abundance of space if you have a large breed service dog. Close enough that you can still see enjoy the movie, but far enough away that you don’t have to crane your neck just to look at the screen. The only downside to sitting in this position, is that people often see your dog as they’re walking in. #5 & #6: Let’s face it. No one ever wants to sit here! But it’s always good to have backup seating arrangements just in case. And these are two locations where you will never ever have to worry about other people bothering your dog, or even seeing your dog.

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