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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)

RB-600 (Mains)

RC 600

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.

Future Plans:


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.



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