EDIT: 95% of the way there! As of March 14, 2013 I am spending most of my time enjoying movies. However, there are a few items that are still in the works for the next few months: I will be finishing the entrance to the HT and adding a projector hushbox. In addition, I will be adding a ticket booth and another poster frame or two. I am starting to enjoy obsessing about the small decor details. Uh oh. :)
A preview of the almost but never finished product:
The panel on the equipment room door at the back of the theater...need to fill some nail holes!
Yes the alarm keypad is installed and painted black now. :)
Please excuse the ridiculous shadows here...I need to take some better pics!
A not-so-good panorama.
Poster frames and the entrance to the HT...still under construction. The plan here is to have both of these to the left of the door and a ticket booth to the right. They will be hardwired to an occupancy sensor so that they turn on and off automatically.
Current Equipment List:
120" wide 2.37:1 SmX screen (CineWeave HD)
Runco LS-5 projector
Panamorph UH480 lens, motorized transport
22" Samsung LED 1080p 60Hz equipment room monitor
PSB Image Series T65 fronts, C60 center, S10 rear surrounds
Triad OnWall Bronze/4 side surrounds
Danley DTS-10 Sub
Oppo BDP-93 Blu-Ray player
Marantz AV7005 pre-pro
Emotiva XPA-5 amp
Integra ADM-2.1 amp
Behringer FBQ1000 Sub EQ
Behringer EP4000 amp
APC H15 power conditioner
APC J10 UPS power conditioner & battery backup
iRule remote software (iPad and iPhone)
First, I’d like to thank everyone here for inspiring me to take on this massive project. I do not have any construction/building background, and I do not come from a household of handy people (I grew up with a screwdriver and a hammer and not much else). However, I have gained what I could here and there, purchased a few tools over the years, and am generally handy. I am looking forward to learning a lot and having a lot of fun throughout this building process. I have spent an absurd amount of time researching and reading through most of the build threads on this board over the last 4 years or so, and am finally settled in my first house, so I’m ready to start!
I feel like I know the basic layout rules etc., but really didn’t want to botch anything, so I purchased the Pro Layout service from Dennis E., which I highly recommend. Just knowing that someone with Dennis’ level of expertise looked it over went a long way in terms of giving me the chutzpah to begin this process. A portion of my basement is finished, and I originally wanted to build there to save some cash, but after Dennis drew everything up and I realized how much of the finished basement I would have to destroy to get what I wanted, I decided it would be better to build in a similar but unfinished area. So we are in the process of modifying the plans (sorry Dennis!) and now I am ready to get started…
A little about the project:
The room is going to be 14.5’ by 25’ (length subject to change), with the ceiling at about 7’3” after clips, hat channel, DD etc. I am currently waffling back and forth regarding sound isolation. If I do end up going for it, I’ll likely do hat channel on the ceiling with GG + DD. However, I live alone and am not planning to go entirely crazy with it. I guess that’s what’s leading me not to attempt it at all – I understand that if you don’t go for it full tilt, any effort you do make could turn out to be fruitless. I’m confident in my ability to hang 2 layers of drywall with some green stuff slapped in the middle, but backer boxes for light fixtures, putty pads, dead vents etc. are another story (and will increase the build cost substantially).
The only design element that was essential to me in planning was that there be four seats in the front row. (My girlfriend and I usually have another couple or my parents over for movies, and I think it would be awkward if we couldn’t all sit in the same row.) I’m mostly an audio guy, but have been becoming more interested in video over the last year. The video setup will be acoustically transparent 2.35:1. The gear is:
Blu-Ray: Sony BDP-350 (to be replaced by Oppo 93)
Processor: Marantz AV7005
Amps: Emotiva XPA-5, Integra ADM-2.1, Behringer EP4000
L/R: PSB Image T65
C: PSB Image C60
Side Surr: Triad OnWall Bronze 4
Rear Surr: PSB Image 10S
Sub: Danley DTS-10 (aka Monster)
Projector: Sony VPL-HS10 (to be replaced and anamorphic lens added)
Screen: 92” 16:9 Da-Lite PermWall Hi-Contrast (to be replaced by 130" 2.35:1 AT screen)
Power Conditioner: APC H15
As far as estimated completion date, I think I am starting from a pretty good clean slate, but I am a new attorney working a lot of hours, and don’t have construction experience, so I bet it’s going to take a while (understatement of the year). It’s far more important to me to do this properly than to do it quickly. So, my goal is 1/1/2012, but I recognize that’s probably unrealistic based on many of the other theaters here put together by people with far greater skill than me.
Soooo…here we go! Pics of the unfinished space:
Annoying duct I will have to deal with...
EDIT: SUCCESS! Now my photos are appearing...
Edited by AirBenji - 3/14/13 at 8:02am