Ever Wonder Why Movie Theaters Have Red Seats & Curtains?

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Step into a movie theater, and you’ll see rows upon rows of plush red chairs, along with red velvet curtains adorning the sides. Have you ever wondered why theater seats and curtains sport this color? Well, it seems that the answer actually has to do with science.

According to TikTok user @designsecretsss, who is a concept designer and inventor, the reason red is used is because it’s the first color the human eye loses sight of in low-light conditions. This will ensure that moviegoers concentrate fully on the cinematic experience.

Contact lens brand Cooper Vision claims that pilots use a similar trick to prepare their eyes before flying at night. Wearing red-tinted glasses for half an hour before going into a low-lit flight prevents the rod cells, which help us see light, from picking up the color red.

This explanation is also backed up by I’m A Useless Info Junkie, who also posits that it could partially have been inspired by the décor of Italian opera houses, which were mainly red and gold. When theaters replaced operas, they kept the same design cues, including the plush red decorations.

The next time you head to a theater, pay more attention to the seats in front of you, and see if they are the first thing to disappear from your field of vision once the lights go off.


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