Honoured Guest, on 07 November 2012 - 10:50 AM, said:
I'd be annoyed by Matthew Winn's proposed restriction because I can currently book one to four seats anywhere within the central four of an unsold eight-seat block, because I don't then leave any single unsold seats, but he would deny me this for some reason!
And what happens if you book four seats in the middle of those eight and then two parties of three turn up afterwards? Huh? Huh? There's method in my madness. Usually.
That's the point, though. It's not leaving any particular number of seats that's the problem, but leaving a large number of small blocks. Very few theatregoers are so keen on particular seats that they need those four right there, and not four seats displaced two to the side. Filling in from the middle outward and from the ends inward optimises the seating with no need to discriminate against lone theatregoers, but it does depend on there being no more than an insignificant number of people being difficult for the sake of it. And if they do insist on being difficult: "There are four types of homicide: felonious, excusable, justifiable and praiseworthy".
Pharaoh, on 07 November 2012 - 11:03 AM, said:
And that's because theatres seem to think no one goes to the theatre on their own. It's like all those 2for1 deals around- you can't just book one seat at half price. The Delfont woman said if I'd booked 1 of the pair in the stalls, they wouldn't be able to sell the single remaining seat. Really? It's not like the show is selling badly.
It's an outright lie to say that the single seat can't be sold. They may not be able to sell it to the very next customer but they can sell it the next time someone asks for a single seat. Unless they're seriously suggesting that once a row is almost full they start allocating seats from the next row and never, ever allow the empty seats in the previous row to be sold.
And even if it can't be sold, so what? It only matters if it prevents them selling a seat to someone else, and that can only happen if the show is extremely close to selling out completely and
almost nobody buying tickets can choose to come on a different day.