We closed on our home (a foreclosure) in Feb 2013. We had a limited budget with a baby on the way, but I knew I had to find a space for the future theater. I'm a filmmaker myself, after returning to school at age 32 to pursue a BA in film production/cinematography. I also hold a diploma from IAR in recording engineering, so this room in and of itself, is really a dream come true!
The condition of this space was nothing short of a nightmare, right down to the Dark ages styled wood panelling. Finally, we are fully under way in creating this modest theater room. It's a 17' x 26' space, with a ally column smack dab in the middle of it. Luckily, we got a REALLY heavy rain fall the other day, and I was able to catch two leaks (gas pipe entrance and window). Both are sealed off now and since the room has been re-sheetrocked, (1/2'' green board over existing 1/2" & tyvek, against concrete), paint is going up! I just wired my 5.1 set up and here's what's happening this week:
8 can lights, two separate dimmers
Pink stuff in the joists
Minor electrical (dimmers and extra outlets)
Painting ceiling tiles matte black w/ SW superpaint
Matte black screen wall & "fenwick" everywhere else from SW
"Resilient" vinyl plank flooring (water scares me)
(Just ordered some great goodies… finally moving on from sound bar world!)
Epson 8350 $899 (Epson direct refurb)
Elite Sable screen 103" 2:35.1 cine grey - $285 (Amazon)
Yamaha rx-575 - $299 (Amazon refurb)
Klipsch "limited" Reference series system $1,245 (Crutchfield)
RS 400 (surrounds)
RW 12 sub
Posting some photos below of the progress… the first is a snapshot from my appraisal…., i'm really happy that I was able to build an entire start-up system that's a little better than entry level, for such a great price. I can NOT wait to plop in my temporary bean bags for a marathon of epic films.
1. Build "movie poster" acoustic panels (recipe from this AVP)
2. Lane 4 seat curved set-up (S/L/S)
3. Riser behind recliners, add cinema rockers
4. Bar behind rockers
5. Popcorn machine (duh)
Pretty much how I bought the place
Banana/Binding hookups. Surrounds go here, will make them sides when I move to 7. 1in the future.
AV Area. Keeping it simple for now, just buying a cheap rack. Washing Machines aren't staying there, i'm tiling laundry room at the moment.
Leak I had to fix with a pipe penetration kit.
How are you liking the Lane chairs?
I love filmmaking, so congrats on getting into production. It's a blast for sure.
Highlights from your review: "these are the very best budget theater chairs that I could find, by a good margin," "these seats are on the firmer end," and "[they] might disappoint those looking for chairs to sink in to quite a bit." Thanks for the review. I am considering building my own, but if I do end up buying budget chairs these will definitely be in the running!
Also picked up a "mini-bar" on Craigslist for $100. Not a bad buy and matches the wood in the room almost perfect.