Lets start with the Theater:Theater Size:
The unfinished area set aside for the home theater is 16' wide and between by 18' & 33' deep. Ceilings throughout the basement will be about 9' clear with the core 18'8" area at the front of the theater gaining about 16" where the floor drops down for 10'4" ceilings. (I'd like to keep the depth under 27')Usage:
35% Movies, 60% Gaming, 5% TVDesign
: I'd like for theater 2.o to be a very clean and open design. Components can be visible, in wall/on-wall but I want very little protruding into the room. 7-8 "Good Seats" plus overflow.
In general I like the size and layout of our current theater
, call it 14' x 21', but we end up gaming in there as often as we watch movies.
So the guys come over and set up their xboxes or pcs, usually with my monitors and we run 2-6 systems with overflow going to the bar but no one really likes setting up at the bar when there are seats available in the theater.
So for my next build I am looking for a way of preserving the nice clean layout of the theater and yet get 2-4 permanent (or Semi-Permanent) game stations set up.
Swing-out monitors and keyboard trays that can tuck against the wall when not in use? 3rd row monitors that can raise or lower out of a short bar/counter in front of the seats?Initial Layout Ideas:
Design 1: Cool "Traditional" Theater Entry,more seats getting the best surround effects, rear seats for overflow/game stations. This is the better theater design but I lose space to side isles and game station setup is more challenging.
Design 2: I like the center isle - lose some good seat positions but gain "isle seats"
, rear seats for game stations, room for front row fold/swing out game station. Back corners better for game station setup but a worse theater design.
Design 3: Open to the rest of the basement, Matches the generally open layout of the rest of the house. Con- sound and light control.
The hashed walls are ICF (insulated concrete form) exterior walls and are set in stone so to speak.
I have an 8'10"x 3'7" off-set area at the front of the theater where I was hoping to set up a screen/false wall but my fear is that finished out 8.5' wont be a wide enough audio field for the LCR speaker setup behind the screen.
Trying to set up the new theater as a dual purpose gaming lounge/theater, without the nice clean lines of ending up cluttered like this:
Old Theater Pic: