Had a bunch of my wife's coworkers and husbands over last night and had a good time. Ended up in the theater for about three hours. I was surprised that we were able to hang out in there and talk, about 8 of us, even with the risers. I always thought the room wouldn't support that type of gathering, but it did awesome.
We left the lights on but dimmed a little and had a few music BR's playing in the background while everyone sat and chatted.
This is of course after we watched about 15 trailers I had on the PS3 and had several compliments. These people weren't A/V enthusiasts, so take that for what it's worth. A nice guy I met ended up telling me about his Bose lifestyle system. He actually told me that he wasn't that impressed with it once he got it home. I tried not to grin or laugh and just listened.
Anyway, I ended up sprucing up the room a bit for people coming over. Added some wall panels (no acoustic benefits yet, just decoration) and almost finished up the side trim. Just need to paint the door and trim and then get my cabinets/countertop in place.
Sorry for the poor pictures, was in a hurry.