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The Bear's Lair

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And so it begins!

Seymour AV Centerstage XD 2.35:1 105" wide fixed screen with masking panels
Panasonic PT AE4000U projector ceiling mounted with Peerless PRG
Sony BDP-BX57 blu ray player
Pioneer VSX 1120K a/v receiver
Axiom Audio M22 v3 inwall x3 for LCR speakers
Axiom Audio QS8 v3 x2 for surround speakers
Elemental Designs A5s-300 subwoofer
ReplayTV 4504 dvr
Scientific Atlanta 8400HD TWC stb/dvr
Logitech Harmony 1100 remote
Berkline 13175 recliners x4
Acoustimac acoustic panels
Paragon Theater 6 popcorn machine

Plans and preconstruction photos to follow.
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I really need a cool name for my build! Looking forward to seeing the plans and progress.
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its been 27 minutes....need some plans and pictures...
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Rome wasn't built in a day!
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Here are my plans:
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post #6 of 21
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And the wife selected carpet:
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A few questions/comments:

1. Looks a little tight to get in and out of those bar stools. In lieu of the oval tables, you might consider a very narrow bar shelf tucked up against the back of your first row. This will give you more room behind your stools, but I think it's still going to be pretty tight.
2. Can you post a layout of the surrounding rooms so we have a better idea of how things flow around this space? I see another option for an entry door but not sure if it works with the surrounding rooms.
3. Where will you be putting your equipment? Closet in the corner?
post #8 of 21
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I think it is going to be a little tight. I'll probably have to cheat the recliners a little closer to the screen by 6 inches or so. I like the idea of having a bar, perhaps 14 to 16 inches deep, instead of the tables, but can't seem to find anything without having it custom made. Any suggestions?

The room is a spare bedroom upstairs and there is no opportunity to make modifications.

The equipment is going into the closet. There will be louvered sliding doors for some ventilation. I may put an exhaust fan into the attic.
post #9 of 21
This one is only 16" wide, although I don't think I'd want to watch a 2 hour movie in those stools. http://www.amazon.com/Coaster-Casual...563341&sr=8-10

There are a lot of builds on here with a rear row bar. Check out Indy Greg's Big Red theater for a nice DIY solution.
post #10 of 21
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I figure the stools will get relatively little use. Probably just for sporting events and when the Blue Devils are romping on the Heels comfort is secondary!

The bars I've seen will not meet the WAF criteria but I'll keep looking.
post #11 of 21
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Here is the room. It has hosted a fair number of slumber parties!
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post #12 of 21
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The wires are in and the drywall patched. Just waiting for paint and carpet theoretically tomorrow.
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post #13 of 21
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We couldn't wait to test drive the popcorn popper! That's good stuff!
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It's getting close! Sadly, I had to fire my installer after he broke the HDMI cable to the projector while he was trying to prove to me that the ceiling mount that I specifcally bought because it had a drop of 30" would not drop 30". Ooops, it did! And he was rude to the wife!
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post #15 of 21
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After screening Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring for the family as well as the AFC Championship for my buddies, I pronounce the Bear's Lair open for business!

I overcame a disturbing hum from the Elemental Designs A5s-300 subwoofer by adding a 3 prong-to-2 prong outlet adaptor (due to a grounding loop?). Thank you to AVSforum posters for the tip! It is now smooth as silk!
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post #16 of 21
pictures of projection please
post #17 of 21
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I tightened up my Harmony 1100 programming but annoyingly had to point the remote at the projector for the IR signal. To improve the situation, I bought a 25' 3.5mm stereo extension cable from Monoprice for about a buck and hooked up an IR blaster to the RF receiver in the equipment closet. I ran the cable alongside the HDMI cable going to the projector. Despite the long run and the "stereo" cable (vs "mono") it works flawlessly. I'm now daughter/wife/babysitter/inlaw proof!
post #18 of 21
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I had my cabinet maker produce a 7' long butcher block bar stained to match. I bought two of these bases http://www.tables-bases-tops.com/Cas...ase-Column.htm . I bought 4 barstools from http://www.amkogroup.com/ for an amazing price. The room is just about done!
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post #19 of 21
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Originally Posted by SD Vidiot View Post

I had my cabinet maker produce a 7' long butcher block bar stained to match. I bought two of these bases http://www.tables-bases-tops.com/Cas...ase-Column.htm . I bought 4 barstools from http://www.amkogroup.com/ for an amazing price. The room is just about done!

Thanks for the idea with the bar SD Vidiot. I'm wanting to put a bar with bar stools accessible by double doors in my room. What you created will work perfectly in my setup too. Thanks for the links to the bases too. Funny thing is, we have the same seats too.

By the way, your room is looking really nice.
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The next addition to the theater will be the Coke vending machine that sat in my dad's office throughout my youth. Allegedly it was still working when put into strorage about 15 years ago. Alas, the compressor doesn't do much cooling and there are a number of broken pieces. The loving restoration has begun! This is a Cavalier CSS-64G slant shelf bottle vending machine, delivered new in July 1968.
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post #21 of 21
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The restoration is complete following a compressor/evaporator rebuild done by Antiquities Vending in Granite Falls, NC (antiquevending.com), a thorough cleaning, and replacement/fabrication of a number of parts. It now serves up icy cold Coke, Dr Brown's Cream Soda, and Sierra Nevada Pale Ale!
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