Photos show theater before being stained. All four walls have wood from floor to ceiling with acoustic panels in the middle. I have taken a picture of the front door of my house to show the gloss on that piece of stained wood. You can see some glare from the flash taken with my phone camera and several shots I took I could see my reflection. I believe but I am not 100% that the front door is oak, the theater wood is maple. We may not pick that particular color of stain but it will be towards the darker side rather than the blond stain look. The stainer says he can mix several colors together to get the color we want.
I want the room to look good and rich with the wood work, but do not want to see reflections in the wood from the projection light reflecting off the screen and creating glare on the walls when the theater lights are off and the movie is playing. I want to see the walls as little as possible when I am viewing the screen. I realize that bright scenes will light up the room to a certain extent but if I am getting glare bouncing off the walls that is not desirable.
i was told by a theater consultant that just put flat stain finish on the wood that comes out from the screen... the 6"s on the sides and bottom that frame the screen. That works for me but I would not want to stain the walls with a gloss finish and find out when I start the movie that I see light glaring off from it.
So what is best to use to get a rich look and no glare on the walls from the projector?