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Entry area or not?

post #1 of 5
Thread Starter 
Is it preferable to have a rectangular home theater with a entry door that is along one of the walls or have a small entry area after the door before stepping into the theater?

I'm having a house built and can go either way but I was wondering if there is a reason to not have a small (3'x5' ) area that leads into the theater.
post #2 of 5
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Originally Posted by Bigoober View Post

Is it preferable to have a rectangular home theater with a entry door that is along one of the walls or have a small entry area after the door before stepping into the theater?

I'm having a house built and can go either way but I was wondering if there is a reason to not have a small (3'x5' ) area that leads into the theater.

The small area would allow you to have communicating doors, which is a nice soundproofing upgrade. Check out mcasio's entry for an idea.

Tim
post #3 of 5
It also allows you to avoid light spray onto the screen or into the room as badly when the door opens. That is, if the door is placed at a right angle to the theater. The alcove can also be a good place for a recessed rack location, or in my case, a place for media storage...

Jeff
post #4 of 5
Thread Starter 
Tim, thanks. I thought of that but wasn't sure I liked the idea, but after seeing your example there, I think it might be worth looking in to.

Jeff, as always, thanks. It will be at a right angle to the screen and it the main reason I thought about keeping an entry area there. I do have a media closet that will have a door in this area. I plan on having the rack face towards the theater, but I am still debating that part too.
post #5 of 5
If you have the room for it, an entry like that is a great feature to have. From sound isolation to "move theater feel" there are lots of benefits to such a space. You can post a sketch of the area for us to look at as well.
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