Originally Posted by Brutus 614
Room dimensions...18 feet wide, 26 feet deep, and 11 foot high ceiling.
Great size to work with!
I want the entry to the side, between the last row and the second row, assuming I will have 3 rows. This will allow us to put a sectional couch that runs the width of the room, in a more confined area- make sense? So you'd enter from side and the couch would be to your left, and the remaining rows to your right. The aisle would run in the middle, between two 6 foot risers. You with me?
Kinda. So the sectional is the front row, correct? I thought about doing that, too, but ended up making my middle row the "prime" viewing location. I did a loveseat arrangement with the center two recliner so I could kick my feet up, but it didn't really work out that way - the recliners aren't comfortable in that position.
Really wrestled with this, but we decided that we didn't want two aisles just for the sake of symmetry. We've also considered putting the risers with the seats (row 1 & 2) on an angle, or arc. Thoughts?
The outer aisles aren't for aesthetic symmetry. Putting one in the middle consumes your best viewing locations, break up the seating, and pushes the seats toward the sides of the room. You want space between the side walls and the speakers that are attached to them.
Any input you guys can provide would be greatly appreciated, and I will include photos of the project. When we did an addition, I had this room designed specifically for a theatre, that is why there are no support posts, and why the ceiling is so high. The walls are poured concrete, if that matters.
Make sure you take HVAC into consideration as you plan. How many people are you planning for seating? Your room size is a bit larger than mine, but as others have said, probably not enough for 3 rows of recliners. Think about a bar table for the back row - and ask yourself how often you'll have the theater "full". The price of the seating may make you think about that when you start multiplying it by 12-15 or so...
What size screen would you consider?
Figure out your seating arrangement and layout first, the screen size will become apparent from that and perhaps a bit of testing to get your preference.
And yes, post a diagram of the room ASAP. And hire Dennis.