Theater Etiquette Conundrum: Which Way to Walk Down the Aisle?

To gain a little clarity on some of the biggest live entertainment etiquette questions and concerns, Goldstar surveyed more than 1,000 members as well as theater experts. We’ll share the insights from this survey in a series of posts (see the first post here).

Today’s conundrum: To butt, or not to butt? That is the question.

It’s the eternal debate: When squeezing into a row of seats, which side of your body should face those you’re scooting past? Believe it or not, our research found a clear favorite, with respondents favoring entering “butt-side” with a nearly 3-to-1 margin.

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George Takei, the 78-year-old actor making his Broadway debut in the upcoming musical Allegiance, threw in his support for the “butt-side” scoot method. And six-year-old theater criticIain Loves Theatreprovided some of the most etiquette-savvy answers to our survey, offering that he likes to face the person he’s scooting by — “so I can say ‘hello’ and ‘excuse me’ as I pass.”

Of course, Hand to God’s Tyrone, the sock puppet with a mind of his own, tells the truth of what everyone is thinking but will never dare say aloud and says he prefer to go “crotch-side.”

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