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Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Bethesda, MD USA
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We rarely have adults over to watch movies, we just don't entertain that way. Most of the entertaining is likely to be upstairs in the kitchen/family/sunroom space, or in the downstairs 28'x25' rec room (adjacent to the theater space). The movie watching in the space will likely be just the family or a bunch of kids during a party. Thus having large couches or a sectional is more likely to suit our seating preferences. But your point about 2 hour viewing and seat comfort is well taken, certainly something to consider. We may be furnishing it now with what we already have, as they're good for how we like to watch movies. But having the design suitable for recliners is worth considering, thanks for the point.
Elsewhere in the house there will be a sports game watching space (the family/sunroom) and a video game playing space (the rec room). Our existing 50" plasma moves to the bedroom. As a result, our viewing patterns may change making it less likely we'll use the theater for regular viewing. Coupling it with the adjacent wine cellar (more like big wine closet) helps give the space multiple uses. Bearing in the mind the 'jack of all trades, master of none' risk.
The 12' width is bugging me too. When wrapped in drywall, the beam will still be above my walking height. So we could, conceivably, extend the room wider under that beam. Trouble is, there's a post in there now at about 8' from the wall. I'm guessing it's in that particular location to support the load of a kitchen above it. The opposite end of the house doesn't have the same column as close, as there's only bedrooms above that span. When we remodel, that whole kitchen goes away and a dining room moves into that area. So it's likely the post will be able to move as the load will be very different. By how much is something an engineer will have to determine.
But it's unlikely the post will be able to move the entire 25' length of the space. It might be possible to move it far enough back to align with the likely side entrance door for the space. A bit of clever design might be able to hide it, perhaps with two small knee walls flanking the doorway and a pair of columns; one hiding the post inside of it. I'll have to discuss it with the architect this week.