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Design advice--

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I have a 3500 cu ft theater that is functionally awesome. I had the CRT projector calibrated by Craig Rounds (the king of CRT) and have the brand new lumagen video processor. I would put the picture up against just about anything out there.

Sound is solid, although I need to get a few subs, but this thread is more about design.

When I walk in, it doesn't hit me like when I look at some of the pictures posted on here. Sort of looks like an afterthought, if that makes sense.

What sort of suggestions can everybody make to really turn this from an awesome performing theater, to an awesome looking theater.

I am going to get nicer, dark carpet and some theater seats. Other than that?
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Columns or wainscot are strong visual elements that set theaters apart from most spaces. Dark trim would help as well as the dark carpet - they just make you feel like you're in a different space from a normal residential environment.

Maybe some wall sconces as well?

I would normally suggest an acoustically transparent screen, but that might be really tough to implement in your room.
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I personally like your space. It appears to have a ton of room.

If I had to change anything I would say pick a theme and then alter the walls, lighting, carpeting, color to get to that goal.

One thing that would be a huge benefit to know how much you can change would be to know how much you're willing to dump into it.

Looks like you already have the sound treatments in place and would just need to work around them. Take a look at my recently posted HT. I too have large wall treatments and covered around them. You could go the traditional route with columns/scones and wainscoting like mentioned above. You have a nice large space that could really take advantage of giving your space the feeling of walking into another world.....


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Thanks, yes there is alot of room. I also have an area out of picture to the right of the screen that is set up for a full wet bar. I guess the thing to do is see how it looks after carpet and new seating and go from there.

Part of the problem of having such a big room is that making small changes (dark trim) ends up costing thousands of dollars.

I am leaning toward sort of a country club locker room feel. Dark wood, Brown leather etc. Dont know how that would look with the walls/ceiling. Frustrated!

Would a stage of some sort work/add anything?

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In addition to everything else already mentioned, which are all things I would suggest, too, dressing up the wall around your screen can make a huge visual difference. I had fixed drapes made to surround the screen, which really changes the look of the room.

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There's certainly a lot of other decorative possibilities - looking back at these pictures I was surprised at how different they look.

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I would normally suggest an acoustically transparent screen, but that might be really tough to implement in your room.
Not possible. I have a empty room that is reserved for a golf simulator behind the screen. That project is next on the list...

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In addition to everything else already mentioned, which are all things I would suggest, too, dressing up the wall around your screen can make a huge visual difference. I had fixed drapes made to surround the screen, which really changes the look of the room.

Before:



After:




There's certainly a lot of other decorative possibilities - looking back at these pictures I was surprised at how different they look.

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Question-- would it look weird to paint the entire screen wall black?

I am thinking of doing a stage like below.

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Would painting the trim black look like crap?

Removing all of the trim, removing paint, staining etc-- it may cost less to just get all new trim.

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Question-- would it look weird to paint the entire screen wall black?
Nope.

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Would painting the trim black look like crap?
Along the base of the screen wall? Nope. Both of those would be cheap and easy to do.

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Removing all of the trim, removing paint, staining etc-- it may cost less to just get all new trim.
Why bother with all that? Just paint the trim as-is. Painter's tape above/below and plastic over the carpet to protect it. Although, as you only have one piece of trim as a baseboard there, I wouldn't bother painting it unless you replaced the carpet with a dark color. As it is now, it's not "sticking out" as it borders the carpet color currently.

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Instead of painting the front wall, why not fabric it, to add some more texture to the room?
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Instead of painting the front wall, why not fabric it, to add some more texture to the room?
+1. Hence my drapery suggestion...

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this is from the staggered wall project. we pulled the baseboard off the wall, made some frames and wrapped them in black fabric. It is also an opportunity to add some acoustical treatment in the frames.





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+1. Hence my drapery suggestion...
What Big said.... about the opportunity to acoustically treat the front wall.
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Question-- would it look weird to paint the entire screen wall black?

I am thinking of doing a stage like below.

Thoughts?
Looks like a nice setup, taking a minimal amount of space. What's the plan for covering up that framing?
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this is from the staggered wall project. we pulled the baseboard off the wall, made some frames and wrapped them in black fabric. It is also an opportunity to add some acoustical treatment in the frames.





That looks really good Jeff! We have done a similar approach before and the black fabric provides a great backdrop for the screen. In our case we had the speakers also behind the screen and acoustically transparent fabric.
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How wide are your aisles? You could introduce shallow columns to the side and rear walls,
and then have fabric wall panels in between, and you then could introduce all kinds of moulding.
That would ramp up the detailing level.

Fabric wall panels would also let you introduce acoustical treatments to the room. And you could
leverage the depth behind the fabric to run more lighting types, and zone them. Think step lighting and
sconces to go with your spot lights and then introduce a lighting controller, for custom lighting effects.
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this is from the staggered wall project. we pulled the baseboard off the wall, made some frames and wrapped them in black fabric. It is also an opportunity to add some acoustical treatment in the frames.






What did you do to these walls? It looks really awesome. If i had something like this, I think i could get wife approval to paint walls and ceiling black like I wanted.

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What did you do to these walls?
Click on the staggered walls project in my signature
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Is that a G90?

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Yes. It is pretty awesome on the new lumagen.

I had Craig Rounds http://www.cir-engineering.com/ come install it and he said "This is one of the best pictures I have ever seen". It was the first time he had hooked up a G90 to the brand new lumagen.

The 3d is insane.

Another thing i need to figure out it what to do to cover the ceiling mount. it is just an eyesore.

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I can imagine the picture. I had a Runco for a long time until it died last year. When I started talking about replacing it, my better half's only input to the discussion was that I could not hang another GD bathtub on the ceiling. And so entered a shiny new digital PJ into the mix. The picture is no where near my beloved old bathtub, but it is a lot easier to setup. Oh well.

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