Originally Posted by Mfusick
My wife and I. Twins are due in the next couple weeks
But I have some great friends, neighbors and family (both brother and his wife, son live down street and so does my inlaws, brother/sister in laws, and both my parents all same town) that would enjoy it with me. We are big football family so certainly every sunday in the fall and winter at the very least
But I already host movie night now- this would increase with a proper theater.
I host movie nights about once a month, and it's very rare that I fill up my 12-seat theater (inviting ~20-25 folks). Super Bowl party is one good exception, but there's lots going on then. One of the things about watching ANYTHING in the dedicated theater is that you're NOT doing other things. The seating in rows is also a very different experience for watching sports as opposed to everyone sitting around a big TV on sofa / chairs.
I had originally planned on a 15-seat theater, and I'm glad I didn't do that - for all the practical / cost reasons that forced me down, and now in hindsight, I'd hardly ever use that extra capacity.
I'm planning on probably 4 theater seats in arc in the first row and a full size couch flanked by two more seats either side in the second row. I think I want the ability to lay down late a night and doze off for non critical viewing.
Be VERY careful there in the planning. If you want to lie down on the couch, your head will be very low in the second row, and it's highly unlikely you'll be able to see the screen without a 18"+ riser. If anything, the couch should go in the front row so you don't have any viewing angle problems.
I had toyed with the idea of a third short row of normal folder style cinema chairs for large amount of seating- but instead I think bar stools and a counter top overlooking the second row makes more sense, with the wet bar behind that against the back wall.
The bar table behind the 2nd row works great. I would move your wet bar out of the theater. Is there a game room in your floor plan or is the theater "it"? My theater is over the garage bays adjacent to my game room / bar...
I had toyed with the idea of a pull across curtain behind the second row in critical viewing to prevent refraction and bounce of sound off the bar area (all those bottles, I was planning mirrors on the back walls of the shelves with LED, plus finished wood with lots of clear gloss on it) and maintain great sound for the times when I don't need the bar and entertainment area but want the theater.
Here's the problem with having a nice bar setup in the theater - it's going to be hidden and hardly ever seen... And it adds to the noise / complexity of the room. If you can shrink the theater, and reclaim space for a bar area outside - that will get used a lot more.
There will definitely be times the theater is used as entertainment area as well- but I listed to people like Jeff Parkinson when he says he originally built the entertainment area but really could get by with a smaller theater and a few seats for personal use most of the time. I'm trying to figure out the best way to balance these two aspects - but I am still unsure. That is one of the areas that made me ask this thread question as I work through all this in my head.