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Manchester, United Kingdom

First Street Home Theatre

Capacity + 500 Seats

5 Cinemas and three areas in the theatre plus a retractable seating unit


Formed out of the merger of some of Manchester’s best-loved
arts organisations, Home is a new cultural centre that brings
together theatres, cinemas, a gallery and a restaurant all under
one very stylishly and distinctively designed roof.

The first new facility of this type to be opened for some time in the UK,
the centre’s setting is as dramatic, adventurous and provocative as
some of the work and performances to be found within its walls.
When we were awarded the contract for designing, manufacturing
and installing the raised tiered floors along with over 1,000 theatre
and cinema seats, the challenge was clear – to provide a seating
solution that not only lived up to the building’s striking design, but
which also satisfied the numerous practical considerations. In other
words, a perfect blend of flair and function.

Designed in close partnership with the architect and client, a grand
total of 1,023 seats were required across five different cinemas and
one live performance theatre.

In Cinema 1, the presence of ducting and different concrete levels
within the space required tiering to have a variable rise per row to
accommodate a parabolic curve for optimum sight lines. While, in
Cinema 2, the layout for tiering and seating incorporated a radial
design to enhance the feeling of space. Cinemas 3, 4 and 5 were
designed to offer a smaller and more intimate space and, as such,
feature seats with arms to provide additional comfort.

For the live performance theatre, we were tasked with designing,
manufacturing and installing job specific structural steelwork to
form the treads and risers into a radial layout for the lower and
upper circles. One ingenious feature is the holes in the risers to
facilitate air-flow from the plenum below.

Designed to meet the highest standards and specifications, both the
theatre seats and the cinema seats call upon five different colours
from the Main Line Plus range from Camira Fabrics.

The overall result is a tiered flooring and seating solution that perfectly
complements this forward looking and progressive ‘Home’ for arts.


First Street Home Theatre in Manchester, United Kingdom; project fitted with F 6000 Seating seats for Cinemas

Technical data

  • Name: First Street Home Theatre
  • Location: Manchester, United Kingdom
  • Capacity: + 500 Seats
  • Segments: Cinemas|
  • Seats: F 6000 Seating
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