Since starting in August, I have fielded many questions about seating at the new Performing Arts Centre. When you think about it, seats are a big factor in whether a patron enjoys a performance. The question then becomes, “how many seats?” To tackle that question, here is the breakdown of seating in the new PAC.

The main Concert Hall has a main floor and balcony section of 743 fixed seats. Fixed seating is just like it sounds, affixed to the floor with a structural system that supports an entire row. Our fixed seating is being manufactured by SEDA. SEDA brings together partners and associates with extensive experience in developing, manufacturing and assembling seats for cinemas, theatres, auditoriums, telescopic platforms, as well as observatories. These high-quality seats are sure to please patrons enjoying a show.

Complementing the fixed seating in the Concert Hall is a selection of loose seats that are located in the side boxes. These seats have a large seat pan, high sides, and a wraparound feel. All of the seating will be wrapped in the fabric selections that were selected by our designers, Diamond Schmitt Architects. The Recital Hall has 284 fixed seats and 16 loose seats and the Film Venue has 200 fixed seats. The convertible Black Box Room has open seating configurations that can accommodate live performance, receptions and private events for sit down dinners. This room will create an exciting new option for patrons attending shows, as we will be able to set the room in a traditional Cabaret style, allowing different seating options throughout the room.

Executive Director, Steve Solski has reviewed many different chairs for the loose seating options and will finalize that decision with the interior design group and the PAC’s User Group Committee. For patrons of the new PAC, we will have a display at the Brock Centre for the Arts when we received the manufactured samples of the loose and fixed seating. We hope all those who are interested will take a seat and try them out.

David Rapelje
Operations Development, the new PAC