I recently moved into a new house and the basement is a finished room that is basically 20' x 26'6". My wife has given me the OK to turn it into an entertainment room.
My goal is to turn it into a theater room, but in the long run I will eventually have a pool table and possibly a mini-bar down there as well, on the other side of where I want the projector and seating area to be.
Below is a pretty accurate drawing of my basement from a top plan layout. You will see there are 2 other ceiling heights, which are labeled as A and B. They are lower than the normal ceiling. It will make more sense when you see the actual pictures below as well. There is also a pole that is in the middle of the room and is depicted in the drawing. And if you couldn't tell, the things in the wall are windows. Here is the drawing:
There is also a closet to the right of the stairs, but it is a moot point for what I am looking to do.
Initially I wanted to put the screen on the Wall Side A to the right of the window. I wanted to probably go with a 120" screen but am not 100% set on it. I plan to put the seating area back pretty much up against the pole. I had anticipated on mounting the projector in the ceiling along Ceiling Section B, which would probably be right overhead of the seating area.
I then thought I could possibly put the projector on Wall Side D to the left of the stairs, and arrange the seating back behind that area.
I am just 100% noob to this and have never done anything like this before, so I want to try and get it done as best as possible my first try. To the right side of that room is where I eventually may put a pool table and/or mini-bar.
One of the things I'm concerned about is the sound and how it will work in the basement.
I don't have a set of speakers yet, but I tried out some B&W speakers, I think the CM9's and the matching center, and I plan on demo'ing the Klipsch R7's and RC 64II center as well. That is the range of speakers I'm looking at. I am planning on getting a Denon 4311ci or the 4520. I do plan on only going 5.1 or possibly 5.2 initially, but if people think I would benefit from 7.x then possibly I would consider that.
Projector wise I plan on most likely getting the Panasonic 8000, but still not 100%.
I am also concerned/noob to how I can run wires since the basement is already 100% finished.
So I'm basically looking for opinions/suggestions on what I'm thinking, and what you would ideally do in my situation. I am unsure exactly where I can even mount the rear/side speakers regardless of where I put the projector screen. I'm also concerned that the sound could be kind of weird since the screen is not going to be dead center in the room. I'm also wondering if the paint color will be an issue (I will include the pics below).
Additionally, the lights are all recessed down there and have brightness control. But I plan on keeping them off when I do eventually watch things on a projector down there.
The windows are all window wells and 1 of them is totally blacked out. The other 2, not much light comes in during the day, and I could easily black them out as well.
Here are the pictures of my basement. It is basically me taking pics starting at Wall Side D, then panning around to Wall Side A, to Wall Side B, to Wall Side C, then finally back to Wall Side D.
Again, I am 100% noob to all of this, so all suggestions/advice/recommendations/opinions on what to do is greatly appreciated.
I have also attached a higher resolution PDF file of the drawing of the room, if it helps anybody.
basement.pdf 74k .pdf file
If there is anything else needed to form an opinion, please let me know and I will respond.