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Lots of threads here you can read for a lot of the basics for whole house audio (WHA) systems...
Any room with WHA speakers should have a cat5e / cat6 run to a potential keypad location in that room.
If anything, run one more cat6 to each potential display location (total of 3) for the most flexibility. The inexpensive HDMI distribution systems use dual-cat5 runs.
Airplay can be incorporated into any WHA system using an Apple Airport Express, although the streaming audio support on systems from the big players (NuVo, Russound, Sonos) and others are generally a better solution that tying up the iDevice as the streaming source.
Theater space deserves a bunch of wire to a bunch of locations, can't tell more without a diagram or a better description of the goal of that space. In general, avoid HDMI runs in-wall between rooms, but one between an AV rack and the projector / TV location within a room is good. But those should always be accompanied by a flex conduit for futureproofing.
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