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Hi Everyone!

I moved into a new home about a year ago and I am starting to think about building my theater in my basement. However I am having a hard time figuring out the best place to put it. Obvious the bigger the room, the better. I have several limitations.

There are 2 bulk heads that run the length of the basement. Shown in blue.
There are 5 posts marked with P1, P2, P3, P4, P5. Shown in green
I cannot build in the red areas (Furnace, Sump, Hot water tank, HVR, Bathroom)
I cannot build where the stairs are.
Ceiling is just shy of 8'

I am looking to have 2 rows of seating and a 120" screen or bigger.

I am open to any ideas you may have.

Edit 1: I have added a few extra photos of the space taken from the model home, so I may have some minor variations. Also, the plan shown is the mirror of what I have.
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How much room under the bulkheads?


How many seats?


How about an acoustically transparent screen up front, and the AT space can hide the
electrical panel. The side wall could be pushed out a few inches wider, of the support beams
are put in a column. The beam becomes a soffit and you soffit out the entire room.


The small room beside the bathroom could be a media closet, with a door to the AT space, and provide
access to the electrical panel.
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Thanks for the suggestion. That was a configuration I had not thought of. Once dry-walled, there will probably be about 7' of clearance under the bulkheads. I will probably want seating for 8-12? I have also thought about putting a bar behind the last row of seating.

Has anyone seen any theaters that have a pole in the middle of the room? Any builds that I can get inspirations from.
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You can make the room wider than the poles by using the space outside of the poles like an aisle. Search for BIGmouthinDC's "Lemonade" theater for an example.
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Once dry-walled, there will probably be about 7' of clearance under the bulkheads.
Be sure they use minimal framing technique to preseve headroom, If the bulkhead is less than 24 inches, ladder down each side and span the bottom with just 5/8 drywall, don't run framing under the obstacle that wastes 1 1/ 2 inches or more. If more than 24 add a layer of hardwood plywood first and you will still save 3/4 inch.

There is a pole in my Lemonade thread. And two poles hidden in columns in my Rawlinsway project.
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I think Tedd has the right idea as your equipment and room will be near the electric panel, which will make wiring a lot easier.

If the bulkhead is at 7' now and you do tiered seating you will have to make sure entry is from the front rather tan the sides.

Is there no area in the basement where it might be feasible to remove the bulkhead? Sometimes the cost associated with relocating ducts is not too bad considering the overall cost of the theater.

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Here some pictures of the space. I am missing one picture that would capture the idea that Tedd has, although you might be able to get an idea from the photos.

The floorplan is also a mirror of what I have.
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Regarding sound isolation, instead of doing: Strapping on the ceiling followed by double drywall, would plywood followed by one sheet of drywall accomplish the same effect? on the plus side, it would be much cheaper, on the con side any future repairs would be a huge pain.

Also, do you double drywall exterior walls?
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Are you saying ply+gwb with no clips? You will definitely lose some soundproofing doing it that way. The ply and gwb will be directly coupled to the joists.

I think you could achieve the same results simply using two layers of drywall with green glue. Plywood would only be of benefit (imho) if you were doing some fancy ceiling treatments that could benefit from having the plywood backer. The one place to install plywood is where the projector will be mounted.

De facto standard is clips+5/8GWB+GG+1/2GWB.

If you absolutely need to save money then 5/8+GG+1/2 wouldbe my second option.

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Here is another design idea I had in mind.

This gets the theater 12' wide, rather than only 10' as suggested by Tedd.

Is this too long?

What do I do with that weird nook?
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I went the other way, only to keep those windows grouped.
Didn't know about the deck, which I would consider a game changer.


If you give up both windows, I would disguise the HVAC as the front soffit edge and
recess an AT screen back of it. The lower space would become a storage space, or
seasonal closet.


The bay window bump out, could be a media storage room. Or if fabric walls, panelling
could hide the door visually. Or you could simply wall over the space.
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I would still want to keep the big window in the back. Just cover the one by the deck.
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