As the sign says, welcome to the Stonewater Cinema. After almost two years of "Coming Soon - The Stonewater Cinema build thread" as an inactive link in my AVS Forum autosignature.....I am happy to make this link official and active!!!
Technically speaking, some of the actual construction has already begun but don't worry - I have barely finished framing the room and have plenty of pictures to share with everyone to catch up to its present status. Some decisions on design and equipment have already been made, but there is a lot yet to be decided so I sincerely look forward to feedback from everyone who reads (i.e. lurks) on this thread. Given the number of PMs and well-deserved public harassment I have received to get things going, my goal is to make your wait worthwhile.
Instead of launching into a huge introductory post, I thought I would keep things relatively simple and high-level here in this first post and let subsequent posts fill in the details with words and pictures. As a handy reference, I will be creating an index here in this first post so you can quickly jump to any stage of my construction build as things progress.
First, I'd like to give you a bit of background on the design theme for my theater. For some reason I have always seemed to gravitate to the Art Deco style found in the old cinema palaces of the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s. If you ever are in the San Francisco Bay area, there is one of the world's best examples of a classic Art Deco movie palace in Oakland, CA - The Paramount Theater. Yes, the style can be a bit over-the-top, but there are many classic Art Deco themes that started with this theater. Here are a few pictures:
The main entrance to the theater, "Always The Best Show In Town". Notice how my marquee above follows the original deco theme in this photo:
Main theater stage as seen from the balcony:
Main lobby showing a number of Art Deco design themes I will be translating to my theater: backlit glass with metalwork in front and tiered edge details:
Close-up of main lobby side wall. Again, backlit glass with decorative and sculptural metal in front:
It is my goal to create a classic Art Deco home theater but with an updated, yet elegant look that extracts some of the design themes I like. I ended up drawing a fairly detailed blueprint of the room, complete with ceiling, front, side and rear elevations - all of which I will share in an upcoming post. I decided to hire on Dennis Erskine and his talented team to translate my drawings into CAD and tweak where needed. I had been entertaining the thought of hiring Dennis for quite some time, primarily for the acoustic analysis of the room and to get the right acoustic environment for the room - which as we all know has great impact on the quality of the final product. I went into this process with a goal of getting the biggest "bang for my buck" with a high-value system, despite my tendencies (and I think a lot of Forum member's tendencies) to really go for a high-end system, which meant that hiring outside professional services was on my radar, but not a definite. That all changed and I ended up contracting with Dennis when I decided to pull the trigger on a very special purpose-built theater speaker system. More on that equipment choice to follow.....how's that for a teaser?
So after a slow start, my goal is to complete the theater over the coming six months or less. I already have a lot of decisions I would like to throw out there for consideration and discussion. I will be updating this thread frequently to catch everyone up to present status, including details of all the equipment I have purchased so far.
Edited by TMcG - 11/29/12 at 6:32pm