Dan Vlach, Senior designer at 5G Studio Collaborative, created this sketch and asked me to make sure it met the spirit of the law. It does (and TDLR confirmed it)
2010 ADA States:
221.1 General. Assembly areas shall provide wheelchair spaces, companion seats, and designated aisle seats complying with 221 and 802. In addition, lawn seating shall comply with 221.5.
. . .
(4) In stadium-style movie theaters, wheelchair spaces and companion seats are located on a riser or
cross-aisle in the stadium section that satisfies at least one of the following criteria -
(i) It is located within the rear 60% of the seats provided in an auditorium; or
(ii) It is located within the area of an auditorium in which the vertical viewing angles (as measured
to the top of the screen) are from the 40th to the 100th percentile of vertical viewing angles for all
seats as ranked from the seats in the first row (1st percentile) to seats in the back row (100th
So what does that all mean? This sketch is a good representation. Notice where the wheelchair space is located in relation to the angles from the top of the screen.
Basically the accessible seats should be able to be located on the rear 60% of the seating area as one of your options and it is also located within the area between 40th and 100th percentile of the viewing angles measured from the top of the screen.