Entertainment seating still neglectful to plus-sized consumers – Thelocalreport.in


(NewsNation) — Lack of accommodating seats for plus-sized movie-goers may be a contributor to the movie theater industry’s attendance problem, mashable reports


While box office yields are still down 30% compared to pre-pandemic levelspersonal anecdotes from multiple sources, such as Reddit’s r/PlusSize thread, viral Twitter conversations about theater seat inaccessibility, and US-based app AllGowhich reviews public spaces for larger bodies, all suggest plus-sized neglect is a contributor.

Nearly a third of the world’s population is either overweight or obese. But while obesity numbers continue to grow, movie theaters — and all entertainment seating in general, for that matter — have largely remained the same.

“Having a third of the community not feeling comfortable in their establishment is bad news. So they’re highly motivated to make some changes,” Rebecca Alexander, the CEO of AllGo, said speaking on NewsNation’s “Rush Hour” Friday.

The problem is so widespread, the FAA asked the public back in early August to leave comments giving suggestions on the minimum seat dimensions for airlines and found it was flooded with comments. The issue also goes beyond airlines. Stadiums and theme parks, too, all have a plus-size problem.

“The bigger issue is that you have an experience where very few of your customers enjoy it,” Alexander said.


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