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Big Mouth In DC's beautiful black/grey theater

post #1 of 1618
Thread Starter 
Does anybody know if he ever posted completed pictures of this theater? The last photos I have seen had it looking almost finished but missing carpet.

This was one of the manliest theaters I have seen on the site. You can definitely tell he picked the colors out himself.
post #2 of 1618
6 year summary for those showing up late to the party and wondering what this thread is about.

I finished my basement into a large entertaining space and along the way the theater pretty much ate my basement. I'm on my second iteration now going from a 16:9 format to 2.35:1 and it looks like this:



The back bar



this thread documents the long journey to get that result.

Now turning back the clock:


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Originally Posted by nebrunner View Post

This was one of the manliest theaters I have seen on the site. You can definitely tell he picked the colors out himself.

Gotta chuckle out of that. Thanks for the kind words.

Actually as the theater progressed I reached a point where I said "I'm going to stick insulation and fabric on the walls" and my wife went into one of those over my dead body moods. So, I pulled up some pictures of Kirks, Uptown Paridiso theater and she got on board with the concept and the basic color scheme. Now between Kirk's camera and My LCD monitor his theater had a kind of a blue/grey theme. We ordered up some samples from GOM and that's the colors we went with. I actually ordered Kirks fabrics just to look at and it's more green then blue.

As for the status the theater is actually in a big room and I'm working on the back end. Actually I've been doing more planning then working and once spring hit I've been working on the outdoor to do list and we went to the beach twice. I'm also starting a bricklaying class on Monday nights.

The back end is actually a big "concession stand concept" we wanted to have all the dirty stuff done before I had the carpet brought in for the whole area. I've decided to do some surgery on the drywall in that area and I erected a plastic sheet wall.

Concept of back wall


Radius edge bar with blue padded,tufted, buttoned front will stand in front.

Ordering the right cabinets has been a PIA. We found one vendor Luxor (Canada) that had a painted european cabinet in the style we wanted and had to wait 2 months just to get a price quote. It came in at $15,000 for the 10 cabinets (without the pulls) uninstalled and we freaked.

Right now I'm reviewing a quote from Cabparts for the boxes, and MaplecraftUSA for the painted slab doors. I will have to mate the doors to the cabinets but the price will be about $4000 for the look we want. I will order the Stainless Pulls from some place like Outwater.

It will be done someday. I may have my second Projector by the time it's done. Got about 700 hours on the 1 year old projector so lack of carpet hasn't stopped our movie watching.

Here is our overall color palette:



The dark wedgewood blue is for the cabinets, the checkered gray is the carpet. the dark wood is for the floor in the bar area(subject to change) the big roll of vinyl is for the tufted bar front. Blue pearl granite for counter tops, painted gray is the trim and ceiling color.

A part that's done:



post #3 of 1618
Big -

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As for the status the theater is actually in a big room and I'm working on the back end

I got a chuckle out of THAT! Your room is HUGE! And I 've been SITTING on MY back end!

Same as you, I've been wokring on the outside things to do list. I hope to be getting back to mine real soon. Brit's gotten WAY past me!

Tom
post #4 of 1618
I keep telling myself it's a labor of love, not a race.

But what they say is true. Never hang the projector till it's done. The wife just brought 3 dvd's home from Blockbuster for the weekend.
post #5 of 1618
Mmmm. I like the color scheme!
post #6 of 1618
So is this the official BIGDC Hometheater construction website?
Big?
post #7 of 1618
Wow, looking great. Makes me motivated to get over to your neck of the woods and check it out sometime. It puts my room to shame.
post #8 of 1618
what is the size of the room? I may have missed it somewhere but I didnt notice.

Looks great and I really like the contrast of the white, grey and black...looks very nice!!

Robert
post #9 of 1618
Dimensions? the room is about 900 sq ft kind of an stubby L

JB and all: Is this the construction web site? After the Sandman and others there isn't much I could contribute to the science but If there is interest in HOW I'm going to build the Bar/Concession stand back end speak up and I'll start a documentary of my journey.

Just as long as the moderators don't banish me to the "general purpose room thread" where grass growing is sometimes faster than an update.

Maybe it would spur me on to finish.
post #10 of 1618
Thread Starter 
All respect to the other great theaters getting put up around here, this (DC's) has always been my favorite.

I am very interested in seeing more pictures and hearing how you did it.
post #11 of 1618
I saw this thread and thought Big had finished and all us NoVA'ers were in for a grand opening treat I think were all in awe at Bigs theater .....just want to see it done.....but his yard looks great also (unlike mine)

Alas.....it not be so......looks like Bmackrell will be first in our area. Lets hope the bar is completed at the same time
post #12 of 1618
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Originally Posted by BIGmouthinDC View Post

Dimensions? the room is about 900 sq ft kind of an stubby L

JB and all: Is this the construction web site? After the Sandman and others there isn't much I could contribute to the science but If there is interest in HOW I'm going to build the Bar/Concession stand back end speak up and I'll start a documentary of my journey.

Just as long as the moderators don't banish me to the "general purpose room thread" where grass growing is sometimes faster than an update.

Maybe it would spur me on to finish.

I like the bar/concession idea. From the picture, i think it will come out nice.
post #13 of 1618
Has there been any progress here lately...I really like the look of this theater and would love to see some updates

Robert
post #14 of 1618
I too love Big's color scheme. In fact, I loved it so much, I copied a lot of it for my theater:



post #15 of 1618
Hey great work I feel right at home! I'm flattered.

As far as my progress I'm happy to report that on July 20th the cabinets for the back end should arrive and I'll be ordering the remaining appliances this week.

So we should be looking at some real progress And I promise to post some construction shots of the back bar area if there is any interest.
post #16 of 1618
Interest!
post #17 of 1618
Any recent work/pics?
post #18 of 1618
Update:

The cabinets have arrived, The appliances are due next week.

This week I tore off the ceiling soffit area because we have changed the bar location and it just wasn't going to line up right. Need to add some framing, redo the electrical and re-rock.



post #19 of 1618
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Originally Posted by BIGmouthinDC View Post


I love the spindle decor on the sides. Did you make them or buy them that way? Is there a close up shot of them....?
post #20 of 1618
Im going to guess he made them but thats just my opinion.

Cant wait to see more pics of this build...I really like the color scheme and overall "feel" of it.

Robert
post #21 of 1618
I always like BIGs theater best as well. There are some amazing theaters on here but his just always caught my eye as clean, beautiful, and inviting. I too borrowed some of the scheme.

http://share.shutterfly.com/action/w...AZuG7Nw5bMWLpI
post #22 of 1618
OK, back from the beach.


Kermie: The designs on the bar ends are scraps of wood. I can't remember which projects I did that I used those pre-made MDF shelves from HD. They come 12 inches wide with a slightly rounded edge. I needed 10 to 11 inch boards so I cut off the edge and I had a pile of them in my "maybe I can use these someday" pile.

I just cut them up in that design. The middle ones are taller and thicker than each piece next to it. I cut the ends with a slight angle. I painted, then nailed in place, patched the holes and touched up the paint.

A&M: great work welcome to the blue/grey club.
post #23 of 1618
Yes, awesome accents. Nothing like deco for simplicity cleanliness and strength.

Art
post #24 of 1618
So now that your back form sun and fun you can get back to work on the important stuff

There are a few builds going on here lately that really look great and stand apart and your is certainly one of them!

Robert
post #25 of 1618
Robert:

Thanks for the kind words. Put a few more hours in today on that ceiling. Also spent an hour this AM pulling weeds before it got so %#!$^^ hot!!!
post #26 of 1618
It was worse last week. You picked a good time to get out of NVa. This current weather list actually a relief. (He types while sitting inside a nice AC'd office building far removed from heat....)
post #27 of 1618
I find it hard to believe that so many months have passed, time for an update.
I got the ceiling reworked, back wall of cabinets in, Marquee built, Signage Complete..

Column test fitted, need counter top first though. Bar cabinets sitting in place. Now need to build the bar. Front will be rounded with a padded vinyl front, metal trim, brushed stainless foot rest.

Also need to mount all the stainless pulls on the cabinets

but here is a recap:

Plan:

Today:
post #28 of 1618
Emeril should be so lucky with a kitchenette like yours! We are all so lucky to see such a class project!

Thanks Biggie!
post #29 of 1618
Damn dude. Absolutely beautiful. Outstanding work.
post #30 of 1618
Wow, very nice, very nice indeed !!
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