What does raked seating mean?
Subsequently, one may also ask, what is a raked auditorium?
RAKED AUDITORIUM. Audience seating area which is sloped, with it's lowest part nearest the stage. RAKED STAGE. A sloping stage which is raised at the back (upstage) end. Many theatres with a 'stalls' seating area used to be built with raked stages as a matter of course.
One may also ask, what is the maximum rise allowed for a raked stage? AEA says that any rake up to 3/4" per foot is acceptable. Over that you would have to add a rider to all the contracts and pay hazard pay. For ADA ramps (not exactly comparable to raked stages, but an acceptable analogy) "The maximum slope of a ramp in new construction shall be 1:12."
Likewise, what does raked stage mean?
On a raked stage an actor who is further from the audience is higher than an actor who is closer to the audience. This led to the theatre positions "upstage" and "downstage", meaning, respectively, further from or closer to the audience.
When was the raked stage invented?
Raked stages have been around since the 16th century, but have lost popularity in the past century, in favor of raking the audience seating area instead—think of the “stadium seating” you see at the movie theatre. To quote the New York Times, today “almost all American stages have flat floors.”