Originally Posted by SKINSnCANES
I just wrote this on Mr Tims thread but it sparked an interesting question. How long did it take you to get to the break even point of hours worked on the theater to hours enjoyed in the theater?1
I gotta imagine its going to be a long time before the total hours of working equals the total hours enjoying it!
Interesting question... I drug out my theater build for ~ 3 years, and became the poster child for "Wow that took longer than I thought it would".
It felt like I had spent a large portion of my 40's in the basement. However once the room was complete and the family sat down for the first "official" movie ..... I can honestly say I hit the "break even" point for "hrs worked vs enjoyment" immediately.
Like most on this forum, I've had a lifelong love for movies/cinema but never realized what I had been missing. The experience from a purpose built/ calibrated room with all the treatments etc.. gave me goose bumps, and seeing softball size eyes of friends and family during LFE scenes was priceless, it came with an enormous sense of gratification .. (The same people previously though I had gone crazy as they watched layer upon layer go on the walls)
Although I relocated and was only able to watch about 50 movies before the move I have no regrets about the effort and time put into that room, and the experience/knowledge/lessons learned through the process should greatly reduce the timeline the second time around.
The ROI for $$'s invested in that room is a different story,