Originally Posted by rexlan
Are these just for a "look" or are they actually practical and comfortable?
Why do most folks seem to have two rows of seating ... really going to have 7 people in there? Or, just for looks again?
Is seems that a really nice overstuffed chair would be a much better application but not quite as "cool" and the theater seats.
Definitely practical and comfortable!
My HT is not really big, just 14.5 ft wide x 18.5 ft long, having 2 rows of seats for 4 each like this, with love seat style that can really hold 3 sometimes,
allows for real world seating our family of 5 in front row, or when we have more over also used 2nd row and extra seats
Prior to 2011, I had an old Ghetto couch for the front row, hard to put your drinks/popcorn somewhere.....and the kids were smaller then so they liked their kid seat row
Do what your budget can allow, and maybe in 2-3 years you "upgrade" to HT style seats from whatever you have on hand, there is no rule must have everything all at once.
I got my rear row seats, just manual recline, back in 2005 when local Billy Bobs had going out of business sale, I saved 75% on them.
Did not use them at all for 3+ years either.
The front row, got in April-2011, are power recline, which are nicer but slower to open/fold down.
Since you mention 7 people, make sure you consider HVAC loads for your HT space, as it will get hot in it if dedicated/closed space.
This makes me reminisce a bit ... yea, back in 2008 those early days watching on just primed walls
we'd all fit on a old ghetto couch covered with bedsheet
or kids likes their folding chairs
That is a HT experience I recommend for all HT people if possible, shows the family can gather in most any old place and spend time together....try to keep it all in perspective.....
so many get OCD into the last minute details when the "end game" is spending quality time with others........I live in no glass house and have realized this for myself also....
Peace and enjoy the HT journey, it can suck $$$'s from you if you let it.