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What to do with fireplace in home theater?

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I'm in the middle of redoing my basement. I have a 120" ceiling-mounted motorized dropdown screen and an Optoma HD33 projector. The screen will be mounted on the fireplace wall and will drop down right in front of the mantle. My paint scheme will be almost identical to this theater: http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2711/4512115432_f1a5d8eabf_b.jpg

I dont have any good pictures, but here's a 360-degree photosynth view of the room before I gutted it. The only thing staying is the carpet and fireplace. http://photosynth.net/view.aspx?cid=404e01ef-b6e3-4e51-b0aa-f26205e459e6&

What can I do with the fireplace? I dont want to rip it out since that would decrease resale value, but I'm not opposed to painting it or covering it with tile or something. I will not be using the fireplace at all so functionality is not a concern. Anybody have any good ideas?

Thanks!
post #2 of 5
I would conceal the fireplace behind either a shallow false screen wall or a deeper wall with your speakers concealed. The hearth can be covered over with a modest stage. IMHO I see no reason to mess with a drop down screen if this is going to be in a dedicated theater and would sell it and buy a fixed frame.

Bottom line - Conceal it, forget it.
post #3 of 5
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My only concern with that idea is resale value. I dont want to do something that would be "permanent" like building a false wall that will render the fireplace unusable for future tenants. The main reason for the drop down screen was so that the room could serve as a theater and the fireplace could still be utilized by whoever buys the house when i'm done with it by simply putting the screen up.

I wonder if I could cover the entire thing with custom acoustic panels? Not sure how that would look...probably a little out of place / awkward.

My plan was to set the center channel (polk cs2) on top of the bottom part of the fireplace right under the screen, so maybe that could be incorporated into the plan somehow?
post #4 of 5
False walls and stages are not permanent if you build them correctly.
post #5 of 5
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I smell what you're cookin! I can just make something that is freestanding and I could slide in/out of place as needed. Do you know where I can find a good example of this with pictures? Thanks for the help!
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