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Shelves in the back will affect the sound of the room but not so much to not put them in. Any hard surface will do this but then again, a simple boring look may not be what you are going for so I wouldn't sweat it.
My question regarding shelves is do you really want a ton of shelves for "Movies"? It is true that Blu Ray and Blu Ray UHD isn't going away tomorrow but furniture and built in shelves are pretty long term adds. I would consider Shelves for Movies to be somewhere akin to built in cabinetry for a 36 inch CRT based screen of the late 80's. Yep old guy here! Will you want movie shelves in your room when in less than 5 years (At an affordable Price - looking at you Kalaidescape!) We will probably be seeing affordable download or stream options of high quality content for the masses. My 2 cents is design the room and cabinets for the viewing experience or use.
Along that thought, 36' is a very long room. I just built a smaller media room with internal dimensions of a little less than 15' Wide by a little less than 18' deep and was able to get a huge sectional upfront and a raised bar counter in the back. I am using a 125" Diagonal motorized screen. Viewing is pretty close for the sectional but when I do go to a movie, I tend to want to sit about 1/3rd the way back in the theater. So, for me I like the large screen up close. I have read that building a personal theater, start with how you like to view content. Close to the screen or far back?
With 36', I'd shrink the room to 24' of usable space and use that back space as an entirely different purpose; perhaps a game area, poker table or something? It could be part of the room or a foyer or whatever you can dream.
In my build, I couldn't use green glue or channels. Our builder wouldn't do it and it was a pre-sale spec house - sort of. Having said that, my advice is to soundproof the room if it's the center of your home as much as you can; keeping in mind budget of course. Just like anything, find your price/performance point. Soundproofing can be as simple as cramming a heck of a lot of insulation in a wall but you get better results by layering material and creating an air space. Since you are in the basement, try and avoid a lot of cuts in the ceiling and use or build speaker boxes if you place Atmos speakers in ceiling. You can add a coffered look and place lights in that. (I did that) The more cuts you make, the more complex your sound isolation is. I placed no lights/cans in the ceiling. I used soft HVAC runs (no metal). Really, there is a ton of material out there on how to make your room sound isolated. There is even material you can place under your hardwood/carpet that is not very expensive for the floor above.
If you do stick with a longer room, wire the crap out of the room in anticipation of affordable Atmos type systems of the future. Also run speakers wires for multiple sub placement locations if you don't build them in? Put power in the riser or seating area for things like remote chargers, powered seats, some future gizmo!
Spend time on lighting. I really like the sconces we did in our room but lighting matters and adds to the quality look of a good theater. Also consider step lights.
Consider control of lighting and gear. Do you need a Cat line to the projector? Triggers? System and Light Control? All I/P, old school RF?, Hybrid? Note that some new lighting options can still be buggy and maybe hard wired is still the way to go. I used Lutron but that's an expensive option. Wemo or Hue may work for you? But again, wiring now is super cheap... Later - not so much.
Think about your entry both for aesthetics and practical use. If possible sound isolate the door as well. I as only able to use a quiet door and nothing else. Our door actually keeps most of the sound in but you can seal it, use double doors and if you have an area outside of the theater, it will be easier to get away from the movie sound and maybe talk or something.
With a room that large, consider a separate HVAC zone and good air flow. 12 people in a room can really heat up a space and if you design a back area you might have 20 in your room; it's a big space.
Perforated screens are nice but I have my speakers placed in traditional L/R and the Center under the screen and it too looks good. Your call as there was a window where my center would have been. If I had your length of room, I would have done speakers behind the screen.
Good luck in your build.....
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