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Thread Starter 
So I'm not exactly doing an all out build, but am looking to get a projector setup with some theater seating in my basement. Going with a Panasonic ae7000 and probably a matte white Jamestown screen.

Had a couple questions
1)ceiling is 8 foot and I'm looking to get a 120 inch 16:9 screen, so it's about 66" in height. So the top of the screen will probably only be 4-5 inches away from the ceiling. The ceiling is like the school hanging ceilings, white cork board, removable panels. Is that going to be too reflective and cause an issue?
2) I plan on removing a panel and cutting a hole in it, and buying a long ceiling mount and mount it to the wood above the hanging ceiling.
3) going to buy 3 rows of recliner seats, 2 in each row. How high should each platform be going back, so no vision is blocked by ppl in front?
4) the place I believe the projector will be, is right above the 2nd rows of seats.

Any help or comments are greatly appreciated.


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Edited by cbo0485 - 1/6/13 at 2:25pm
post #2 of 6
Different projectors have different offsets and many are much more than 5 inches. So the top of your screen either needs to be lower, you need to use keystone correction, or the screen needs to hang from the wall tilted a bit. And you may eventually do something like painting the ceiling there, but that would be a secondary concern.

Make sure the projector hangs from a joist at the very least.

I'd guess 8 to 12 inches. Three rows is tough with an 8 foot ceiling and the projector hanging below that.
post #3 of 6
Replying to myself, didn't realize you had the projector already and it has lens shift.

In that case everything sounds good, but with only 5 inches or so you probably will have to do something with that ceiling.
post #4 of 6
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I could make it more than 5 inches, but would that impact the picture or the viewing angle drastically? Because then you'd almost be dead even or looking slightly down.





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post #5 of 6
No my advice would be to put the screen where it views best and then if it bothers you that so much light is reflecting off the ceiling you can paint that or figure something else out. My ceiling is only 7ft2in so mine has to be so close to the ceiling and so I have the same situation, probably even worse. My plan is going to be a `1/2" foam board covered in velvet put on the ceiling above the screen, kinda arched out in the middle looking like an upside down stage.

Really that's something that you can do much later and maybe never, it's pretty far down on my list of things to do and probably should be on yours.

I have one row of seats with a bar and stools behind them, that way I have two levels of seating but no risers which really wouldn't be ideal with my low ceiling. If things feel uneasy on your second riser you might consider that as well.
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So I'm not exactly doing an all out build, but am looking to get a projector setup with some theater seating in my basement. Going with a Panasonic ae7000 and probably a matte white Jamestown screen.
Had a couple questions
1)ceiling is 8 foot and I'm looking to get a 120 inch 16:9 screen, so it's about 66" in height. So the top of the screen will probably only be 4-5 inches away from the ceiling. The ceiling is like the school hanging ceilings, white cork board, removable panels. Is that going to be too reflective and cause an issue?
2) I plan on removing a panel and cutting a hole in it, and buying a long ceiling mount and mount it to the wood above the hanging ceiling.
3) going to buy 3 rows of recliner seats, 2 in each row. How high should each platform be going back, so no vision is blocked by ppl in front?
4) the place I believe the projector will be, is right above the 2nd rows of seats.
Any help or comments are greatly appreciated.
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Hello and welcome to the madness. Here are a couple of my thoughts.

I would not decide on a screen size until you have a good idea on how big you really want your image. I knew what my throw distance was going to be, but I did not know how big I wanted my image. My first row is between 10 and 11 feet from my DIY painted screen. My second row is 16-17 feet away. I viewed a variety of image sizes from 100 to 120+ I finally "settled" on 114-115" diagonal 16:9 image. The proximity to the ceiling should not be too much of an issue as mine is about 8-10". I would paint the ceiling tiles a very dark blue or black to cut down on reflections though.

I would not buy a cheap-o projector mount especially if you are going to have a drop down pole mount. Get a Chief RPA000 universal mount with a Panny specific mounting plate with a Chief ceiling mount and you will have the necessary hardware to securely mount that nice Panny.

On the riser. With a ceiling the height of yours you will be hard pressed to get in two rows of risers (that are useful) without running out of head room. If you search the forum for "Riser Height Calculator" you can look into how to figure all of that out. Mine should have been slightly higher but I ran out of headroom with a ceiling height close to yours. My Epson 8350 is just ahead of the second row and I can't hear the fan running at all during a movie. In fact the fan in my laptop is louder than my PJ.

Welcome to the journey, you will be begging for mercy after spending too much time here.

Regards,

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