My new construction theatre layout... advice wanted
Hi everyone, longtime lurker, first time posting in many years. I'm building a new house and want to build a theater area in the basement - and was hoping to get some feedback to see if anyone saw any glaring problems or had any suggestions for me.
First of all - a little about my goals and some of things important to me:
1) I watch a lot of sports in the area - often with my brother and father -- and we like to play pool during breaks in the action - so I'm looking for something slightly open so people playing pool can still see the game/communicate with people in the 'theater' area. We probably use the area for sports more than we do for movies these days - though that will probably change throughout the years as my little girls (ages 1, 3, and 5) get older. Probably will end up with 4 kiddos when all is said and done - so having a decent amount of seating in the area is a decently high priority.
2) I'm not super picky about acoustics... while obviously I'd like to make decisions that would help improve sound - that's not one of my top priorities.. In general I'm more concerned about video quality (and even then I'm not overly picky about things like color accuracy -- though I do tend to notice black levels :-)).
3) I'm not overly concerned about sound isolation - my kids bedrooms will be 2 stories up - and nobody is ever going to be on the main floor expecting quiet while I'm in the basement blaring a movie.
I'm planning on initially starting with some existing furnature in the area (a recliner, couch, and love seat) - but eventually want to add a row of theatre seats (probably on the riser - and will move the couch to the front row so someone who wants to lay down and watch can). I'm also throwing a 2nd TV in the corner of the room for use during things like march madness -- or watching sports while my little girls are watching a movie or something.
At this point still pretty flexible with everything -- builder hasn't even dug a hole for my house yet :-). I have a pretty big area to work with -- pretty much everything shown in that area currently is just a single large open area (which actually ends even further than is shown in this picture - cropped it to make it a little smaller and easier to read). So what say you all - am I on the right track at least? Not sure that it matters - but I'm not doing much of the work myself (other than wiring - I had enough fun for a lifetime finishing the basement in my current house myself 7 years ago when I didn't have kids :-). I'm also fortunate in that my builder is awesome and he told me he'll do things like build the riser for me free of charge.