Originally Posted by Spaceman
Great start, Chip. It's hard to read everything on your plan, but I think I get the basic idea.
1. Are you planning on reclining theater seats or traditional theater seats? Based on the 4' between rows, I'm guessing traditional seats that don't recline. Is that correct?
2. It looks like your seats are further back than they need to be. Think about sliding them forward to give more separation between the back row and your rear surrounds.
3. I'd have to measure my reclining seats, but I'm pretty sure I would not be able to fit them through a 24" wide door, even with the backs removed. You might be able to fit smaller seats through, but I would go with a slightly wider door so you don't run into problems down the road. A 24" door will not have a grand theater entrance feel.
4. If you are limited to a 6" max height on your stage due to screen size, I would eliminate the lower 4" step. The 2" difference is going to be hard to pull off given the fact that the lip on your stage will be in the 1-1/2" range. Of course, you could always go a little taller with your upper stage if you really want the two levels.
5. I didn't see the width of your room anywhere. Appears to be between 12' and 14' based on your front row dimension. This would be wide enough for a 2.35:1 screen. Is there a reason you decided on 16:9? You could also save some money if you buy the AT fabric and build your own screen frame (or buy your own frame). One popular economical solution is to buy the SeymourAV AT fabric and pair it with a DIY or Jamestown frame.
6. What are your plans for hiding the electrical panel? Looks like that will be in the middle of your right wall.
Spaceman - Thanks for the reply. Here are my answers to your questions. I am totally in the state of flux stage. I see ot be changing my mind a million times a day after reading and researching everyone else's threads
1. - I am still thinking traditional theater seats. I just really like that idea since I really always wanted a home theater. I am thinking now about only having one row (four seats) and then removing the back riser and adding in a bar with bar highback stools/seats.
2. - I have slid the front row to 13' now that adds another foot and makes the back seating area bigger. So if I stay two rows with a riser my seating areas are 13' and 18' away from the false wall.
3. - I have redesigned the "finished basement side wall" to add in a 36" door. Gonna be a heavy SOB to get in there, but I, like you, think that bigger more grand door would be better.
4. - I can definately go bigger, maybe I will go 2x10 construction on the front stage that way the 2x4 first step would look nicer.
5. - The room with one layer of drywall is right about 13' wide. Now that I am going to decouple the walls with clips and hat channel and go with 3 layers of 5/8" dd + gg it will be about 12'6" wide or a little more. MAybe I go with 2 x 1/2" drywall + gg. I havent really finalized that decision yet.
6. - I really lucked out. When I layed out the back wall I put 3' x 3' chamfered corners in to get around the heating/cooling and the floor drain and the mirror of it just happened to work out perfectly to keep the panel open! I totally lucked out for I did not know that panel was there!
Please keep the questions coming! Thanks.