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After reading TONS of build threads and soaking up as much experience and wisdom as possible, I think IÂ'm finally ready to start my own build thread. Welcome to the BAMA Theatre.
The name is inspired by a performing arts theatre in my hometown of Tuscaloosa, AL (Roll Tide.)


As for my new space My wife and I are building our first new home together and my ONLY requirement was that I had a room suitable for building a home theater. Our house is 2 stories with only the home theater and bath upstairs. The theater room sits directly above the Great Room.

Dimensions = 16Â'8 L x 18Â'8Â W x 8Â' H; soffits = 12Â W x 6Â H
Viewing distances = 10Â'3Â and 14Â'6Â
The dimensioned layout is flipped...


My builder will be doing most of the heavy lifting including:

 STRUCTURAL

o soffits all around
o stage
o stage drop-down in ceiling (Ã* la BIG)
o bar

 LIGHTING

o 9 total soffit lights for side and back walls (4Â recessed on dimmer)
o 3 stage drop-down lights to accent screen (4Â recessed on dimmer)
o 3 overhead bar lights (low beam angle spot lights on dimmer)
o 6 primary room lights (6Â recessed on dimmer)

 SOUNDPROOFING/DAMPENING

o 5/8Â DW + GG + 5/8Â DW
o solid core door with full threshold (similar to garage entry door)

 PAINTING

o wall color = Sherwin Williams Colonial Revival Stone (SW2827)
o ceiling, soffit, upper stage color = Sherwin Williams flat black (?)

 CARPET

o Shaw Kathy Ireland ka125 Home Expressions, Color = 101 mushroom bisque

 ELECTRICAL

o Wiring for 4 lighting zones on dimmers as described above
o A/V closet Â- IN = 2 CAT5, 2 Coax; OUT Â- 1 HDMI
o Projector Â- 1 HDMI
o Roughed-in 7.1 wiring

 HVAC

o Thermostat and return vent in theater with 5 registers + 1 register in A/V closet

The build is in progress and IÂ'm excited!


My plans, equipment, etc:
✓ Panny AE4000 projector
✓Onkyo HT-RC270 AVR
✓Emotiva XPA-3
✓DirecTV HD DVR
✓PS3
✓Surrounds - Klipsch KS-525 (x2)
✓L/R/C - Klipsch KL-650
✓SVS PC12-NSD
✓Minimalist false wall
✓DIY Seymour AT 117Â wide 2.35 screen with addÂ'l masking for 1.78
 3 Custom printed acoustical panels on each side wall, 3 thick w/ 1 standoff
 (?) Custom printed acoustical panels on back wall
✓ 4 bar height leather stools
✓ Reclining leather sofa

Click on this pic (IT'S A VIDEO!!!)


I would love your feedback. Questions? Comments? Criticism?

Thanks,
Cory

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So since you mentioned minimalist false wall, the screen will be fixed, not roll down - so will the window behind the screen be walled in, or blocked with something large and removable?
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Good question, Brad. Should've mentioned that in my original post. My future plans include building a window plug. I can't build a wall because of code. Don't know how much "plug" is needed yet or how to build, so right now I'm just doing research--getting prepared.

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Am watching this build. The name has me hooked. Roll Tide!
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The soundproofing on the floor will raise the height, so keep that in mind when calculating things

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Hey guys. Wiring being finished today. I'll take some photos and post when I can.

For now, I'd like to get your help on finding pendant lights for over the bar. I really like this style but not the price.
http://www.lightinguniverse.com/mobi...17&sku=7144968

Thoughts? Suggestions?

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You should have a "guy playing a Wurlitzer" rise from the HT floor...sorry Alabama Theater B'ham...RMFT!
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Haha, nice. RMFT! Big one this weekend.

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The name lured me in. My theater is hosting a 20+ person party for the big game this weekend! Geaux Tigers!

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Gonna be a good one Saturday. I'll be down in Tuscaloosa partying with the Crimson Tide and the Cajuns.

My goal is to have the theater ready for the Nat'l Championship game Jan 9th. (You know, the one my Tide will be playing in)

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I'll check in with you on Sunday to help you through as you struggle with reality.

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Looking forward to following the progress of this build. I am also looking forward to the game this weekend! Geaux Tigers!
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I think this is a stupid question, but I want to make absolutely sure, to put my mind at ease (my wife has me worried.)

The beam of light shining down from my pendant in front of the projector won't affect the image on the screen, will it?

In other words, there's no difference in the image regardless of whether this focused light is on or off, correct?


Thanks as always guys,
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I've got a similar condition except with can lights...it has no effect.

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Great. Thanks Tony. Not bad for an LSU fan.

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So... About that game...

Congrats to the Tigers. Hope we get to meet up again Jan 9th.


On the theater side, they're doing drywall tomorrow. Would've been done last week but they ordered 1/2" instead of 5/8" so that caused a delay.

I'll take some pics when the drywall is done. I'm also going to start getting into dirty details of all the DIY stuff, so I'll need everyone's input.

Thanks and Roll Tide,
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Cory, FANTASTIC game! Even if we had lost. It's been decades since I've watched a defensive battle like that one. Don't think I sat down the entire game. I'm convinced that in a 7 game series, we'd only beat you at the end of the 7th game.

Looking forward to seeing the sheetrock go up. It almost looks fun when someone else is doing it!

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Born on Redstone Arsenal, went to Bama. I haven't been back to visit Huntsville or T-Town in almost 20 years but remember seeing movies at the Pitcher Show which I think was on University Drive west of the school.
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Oper, I would consider a different projector. I don't think the AE4000 is a good match with a 117" wide Center Stage XD screen. Screen is listed as 1.2 gain, but has been tested closer to 1.1 gain. A 117" wide screen is equivalent to a 134" diagonal 16:9 screen. That is 53.6 SF. You can forget about using any of the Cinema modes, since they only produce 457 max lumens at mid zoom. http://www.projectorreviews.com/pana...nce.php#bright Using normal mode with new lamp, mid zoom will get you 16.2FL. That is plenty of light, but it will not be enough once the lamp ages. That will force you to go to dynamic mode and I would not want to have to use dynamic mode for movies. I would look at the new JVC RS45. This projector should put out 900 to 1,000 lumens in best image mode. About twice as much as the new AE7000.

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Oper, I would consider a different projector. I don't think the AE4000 is a good match with a 117" wide Center Stage XD screen. Screen is listed as 1.2 gain, but has been tested closer to 1.1 gain. A 117" wide screen is equivalent to a 134" diagonal 16:9 screen. That is 53.6 SF. You can forget about using any of the Cinema modes, since they only produce 457 max lumens at mid zoom. http://www.projectorreviews.com/pana...nce.php#bright Using normal mode with new lamp, mid zoom will get you 16.2FL. That is plenty of light, but it will not be enough once the lamp ages. That will force you to go to dynamic mode and I would not want to have to use dynamic mode for movies. I would look at the new JVC RS45. This projector should put out 900 to 1,000 lumens in best image mode. About twice as much as the new AE7000.

I would also consider a different sub. Give us a call if we can help you.


Thanks for the advice, Mike.

Projector: My main reason for choosing the AE4000 was that it was the most reasonably priced pj w/ power zoom/focus. AE4000 = $1.9k, RS45 = $3.5k(?). That's a significant $ increase but one I guess I'd be willing to cover for the sake of image quality.
Is there another you may recommend at a slightly lower $ figure?

Sub: I'm open to any and all recommendations. Nothing too outrageous and WAF is key.


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Cory, if you look through my thread you'll find some screen shots of an AE4000 projecting to a 168" wide image. Well beyond what you're planning.

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Born on Redstone Arsenal, went to Bama. I haven't been back to visit Huntsville or T-Town in almost 20 years but remember seeing movies at the Pitcher Show which I think was on University Drive west of the school.

Small world. I lived in T-Town for 15 yrs or so then moved to HSV when I graduated college. I'm now working on the Arsenal for "The Man."

I LOVE your wet bar. The glass tile is awesome.


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Edit: Oh. And, yes, The Bama Theatre is on University just west of campus. "Downtown" Tuscaloosa.

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http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...3#post20455043

Post#1405 shows before and afters with a 2000 hour bulb and a new one. I took effort to make the photos as close to what I see in the room as possible. The hot spots you see with the new bulb are only in the photo though.

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Wow! Great post Tony! Nothing beats taking it for a test drive. Thanks.

I scanned through 5 or 6 pages in the middle of your thread. I'm going to go back and read but for now I'm wondering: What are your seating positions and throw?

Thanks,
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Drywall finished today. Double 5/8" + GG.






My wife took a pic of me making sure they used GG. (They did)



It was mentioned earlier that I should consider a different sub. Anyone have any recommendations? Need something around $500-$750 and small enough to fit behind the false wall.


Thanks,
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Hi there Cory,
Was just reading over some of your later posts again and those from Tony 123 about projector selection. I know it's s few bucks more than you want to spend but would you consider the Panasonic PT AE 7000 3d model. It will cover you for 3d if you like that but also is considerably brighter than the 4000 if you want to fill a large screen. I think it's around the 2000 lumens mark with the newly designed lamp. Just thinking.
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Thanks for the suggestion Greg. As for 3D, my wife actually opposes it. She says it makes her nauseous. It's not a big selling point for me yet because I haven't seen much high quality content.

I am however open to the 7000 due to the higher lumens. I'll do some more research to see if I can justify the extra grand.

No more progress since last report. I can't really get in there to do real work until final inspection and closing. As strange as it is to say, I guess it's really not even my house yet.

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Hey guys,

Off topic request for help. They don't call them "Bag Throwers" for nothing. My laptop looks like this:



Advice on an inexpensive laptop? My only requirements are N-wireless, Office 07 or later, a decent processor and RAM, and a decent size HD. Just a general use computer at a good price.


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