The theater (or Das Kino) is complete except for some finish around the PJ mount. It cost me about $3500 in materials and took 3 weeks to complete. The material costs include the cost to build some closets on the other side of the wall that the built-ins are located on. It also includes the purchase of 2 Berkline 090 recliners and 2 off brand recliners. I got a steal of a deal on them because they were slightly used, only $675 for all 4. I already had the screen, PJ, speakers and equipment. I also had the couch that is pictured. So obviously these costs are not included in the build out cost noted above.
To start I have to go back to when I built the house 8 years ago. The house is one floor on a slab. I divided the house into 3 sections with the bedrooms on one side and the TV room/my office on the other side. I insulated most of the interior walls and put doors between the 3 sections. I can watch a movie at any volume and you can here it outside but not in the bedrooms.
The side of the house with the "big TV" room has a large hall that goes the length of the TV room from the outside side entrance door to the door to the kitchen. The hall is 7 feet wide and has the washer and dryer.
Now to the theater design. The room is about 14'x21'. The door to the theater was located near the kitchen. However, the screen was already mounted on the far outside wall and to make the built-ins work I decided to move the door to the front of the room. I also needed the full width of the room to fit the chairs on a riser. This combination of factors meant that it was better to move the door then to move the screen. Moving the door also allowed me to build larger closets in the hall. Of coarse to do that I had to remove the hall kitchen door and replace it with a smaller one.
Once that was done I made the built-ins for the equipment, DVDs and for the monitor, keyboard and mouse. I built a 12" riser that is 7' long. The room had 2 windows in it. I covered one with sheetrock and blacked out the other one to have a completely light controlled room. I didn't remove the window so that the outside look would stay the same.
For paint I decided that shades of gray would be best because gray doesn't have any effect on the colors on the screen, no color cast from reflecting light. The room got a black ceiling and front wall, 2 different grays on the other 3 walls separated by a light gray for the chair rail. To add a little color we went with a dark maroon for the curtains. I put up crown molding mounted down from the ceiling and laid red LED rope light in it. The floor got a commercial grade gray carpet with speckles in it. We picked it because we thought it would hold up better to spilled foods and drink. It also came in a 15' wide version so that there would be no seams.
The PJ platform is home made. I wanted to maximize the brightness but to do that it had to be placed rather low in the walkway for the back seats. Any closer and I would not have been able to fill the screen. On the back wall the brightness would have been reduced from 30fl to 22fl. At the height that it is I am already loosing some of the advantages of the HP screen so any higher would have meant that I would have lost all of the extra gain that the HP gives. At this placement I can run my PJ at a level that greatly increases the bulb life and still have a nice bright picture.
On to the equipment.
Epson 720 - Upgraded to an Epson 8100. A nice improvement
Upgraded again to an Epson 6500UB. All I can say is, WOW!!!
Denon AVR-887 - Upgraded to a Pioneer Elite SC-25 (VERY nice) because the Denon died just 2 months out of warranty.
PS3 original 20gb - PS3 slim now after original PS3 died
Directv - removed, never looked good because of the compression that directv signals have
133" High Power screen
front and center speakers ED A6-5T5 - Upgraded these to larger speakers. Picked up some old ones cheap.
surround Polk FXi3
rear in-wall speakers (forgot what brand
sub ED A2-300
I also have a computer with 2 HD cards and BTV for recording OTA HD. In the same computer there is an AccessDTV card for playback and live HD.
Netflix is actually watchable with this size using the PS3.
Added connections to my SC-25 to connect my son's Macbook to the receiver to play iTunes bought video.