Originally Posted by damelon
So if the seats in the front row are not reclined AND the seats in the back row are reclined, then the tops of the seats in the front row are in the way a little. It's not that the back riser was not tall enough, it was more that the screen might have been mounted a little higher. It's not a big deal really as I much prefer the view from the front row. Total submersion. I think people have had the seats reclined in every single movie we have watched, at least part way.
Also, the projector is not hung with the top of the screen material. At first it was a problem. The first projector pipe I had I believe was 6" and although the scope screen got filled completely, when the projector zoomed out and tried to position the 16:9 image, it wouldn't shift down far enough. So we went to the store. We went to a 10" drop pipe (to go with the ceiling mount and the mount plate) and then it fit the screen in both modes. We asked for a custom length at home depot, but cutting a 10" pipe was tricky as the length wasn't long enough to get locked into the pipe cutter on both ends. They got it done though. We could have just purchased a stock 12" pipe, but now the height of the projector was starting to become a problem for the rear row. As of right now it is just about 6 feet or so from the top of the riser to the bottom (which is the top flipped) of the projector, so 2 more inches would cause a lot of bumping. People still need to be a litlle careful when getting up and sitting down in the rear seats.
The projector would have needed to be moved either closer (above the front row) or further (against the light tray) to have the clearance problems avoided, but then forward-wize it wouldnt be far enough to fill the screen, and then back wise it would lose some brightness and look weird.
I like how everything is right now, but yes, if I was building it all again from scratch these are the things I'd do differently:
1) Mount the screen a couple of inches higher.
2) Test my HDMI cables before putting them through the conduit!!!
3) Make sure the height of the door threshold was greater than the thickness of my carpet!
4) Add a dead-vent and another vent register (2 instead of 1) or a mini-split
5) Do a better calculation on my fabric and cotton (My black fabric estimate was perfect but I had quite a bit left over red fabric and several boxes of cotton left over)
6) Get the paint right the first time (Make sure to do the fabric matching at the store instead of eyeball matching)
7) Give a little more extra space for columns so that the middle parts aren't so tightly wedged in. (Cut off 1/2" at least from each of them and measure three times)
8) I would have used Roman for my chairs and NOT under any circumstances, theaterseatstore. By the way, I FINALLY got my replacement chair for the wrong order yesterday... January 16th, after the original guy who was dragging his feet got fired and a new guy finally sorted it out. You do the math of how many months that was.
Things I'm VERY happy I did
1) Use BIGmouthinDC for help
2) chose the sony projector
3) got my acoustic treatments from Bryan Pape
4) Contacted Ruben for my SMX screen
5) Read build threads I liked at least 3 times from beginning to end for ideas, measurements, and other builder's experiences
6) Room de-coupling
7) Moved all of my blu ray ISO files to MKV and used MediaBrowser. Everyone loves my movie setup now and is amazed how it works.
8) Used unRaid for my media NAS. Great stable no-maintenance system!
9) lived close a a home depot/lowes
10) Used places like monoprice for most of my cables. Great quality and so cheap. Do research!
Though to be honest, this build went VERY well. BIG and I were able to make decisions together very quickly, we caught each other's mistakes almost 99% of the time, and had very few "Re-Do" moments. The theater was finished in record time and it is exactly what I hoped it would look/sound like. Really the only thing I mulled over at the end having a slight regret on was not putting more effort into calculating BTU/cooling etc. I like my rooms (and the air I breathe) cold, that's what blankets are for, so for me I think I could have done that better. Everything else, well... I couldn't be happier!