It's a miracle! Scientology put 'more than 10,000' people in these 1,000 chairs! - 2016-05-29
It's time again for Rod Keller's Scientology Social Media Review. He's made a specialty of hunting down the odd and wonderful things Scientologists post to the 'net. He's a chronicler who piece by piece builds a highly detailed assessment of what Scientology is doing around the world, and this is what he found for us this week...
Yesterday, the Church of Scientology posted an overhead photo of the chairs it had put out for its grand opening of its new media center in Los Angeles (a cropped version of that photo is shown above). Several of our readers made counts of those chairs, and all came up with an agreement of around 1,000 seats.
In short videos that were posted from the event, attendees could also be seen on balconies and other areas. So, a generous estimate for the total number of people who attended the brief ceremony would be about 2,000. With the foreshortening effect from Scientology's use of wide-angle lenses (and not with Photoshop, as is so often leveled at the church) the crowd looks bigger than that, as you'll see in the photos. But this event is down from the 2,500 people Scientology attracted three years ago for its last really big opening in the US, the November 2013 dedication of the Flag Building in Clearwater, Florida.