It has been a few weks since my last post, but after some thought and suggestions from BIG and Tedd I am contemplating flipping the room.
Attached are two floor plans of the room
The first shows the room in it's current configuration with the screen wall depicted in the front of the room by the stairs/landing.
The second shows a proposed floor plan if the room were flipped.
While I think the flipped room plan makes more sense for a theater and would work pretty good with Big's idea of having a stepped ceiling (see post #3 above) I have a few questions that hopefully someone can shed some light on:
By flipping the room and building a screen wall::
1. Would I be violating the residential building code by not having an egress window/door leading to the outside from the main theater area? I guess what I am asking is does the new wall require me to have an egress in just the theater portion?
2. Being that the furnace room would now act as a hallway between the front and back of the room, would code require me to have automatic door closer's on both sides for carbon monoxide?
Anything else I am missing code wise or any thoughts as to why or why not to flip the room?
Floor Plan Below with Room Flipped