Wow guys, I can't thank you enough for taking the time to work up a rendering and a real-life mock-up!! Absolutely incredible!
JPA - that ribbing is a really interesting idea. I think if this wasn't for a theater I'd definitely entertain the thought of doing the moldings in polished Nickel as you proposed. However, I'm trying to limit the amount of "shiny stuff" I'll have in the theater and stay conscious about the spots I am putting reflective surfaces into the theater as not to distract the eye when watching a movie in a darkened room or create any kind of reflective hotspot in the room or worse yet....on the screen. I really like where your head is at, though, so I'll have to mull it over a bit more. I'm not quite sure how I'd accomplish curved moldings inexpensively. As the old adage goes, "Curves Cost"!
I'd probably have to rig up some ghetto steamer with PVC. Still, I like the look and it is something to consider.
Brad - your approach would definitely make the soffit install far less complicated and give me quite a bit of wiggle room to make things look right. When you made that, did you simply use a router bit in solid stock at set intervals to get that look or did you tack together several of the same molding? Were you proposing to apply the moldings around the curve longitudinally, essentially covering a rough carpentry up-curve or make that whole molding and install? Hopefully my question is clear. Reminds me a lot of the details in the Bacon Race Theater
. Also reminds me of a molding I saw at the Paramount theater in Oakland:
Or an inverse of the Paramount's Nickel base molding:
I had also looked at the Snickers1's Merrimont Trace Theater
soffit detail which is like the New York Art Deco Style Crown molding
turned vertically. I kicked this to the curb, though, because I can't afford the soffit height and still do the backlit acrylic.
I have another hand drawing in-process that I'll try to get posted tonight. It is further resolution to the proposed mechanics of the construction - support, bracing, fixation, etc. Now is probably the time to show a couple of different options for my column design so whatever look is chosen for the soffit, it would be complimentary to the column.
EDIT - Added pics