Originally Posted by Tedd
The multipurpose room won't be able to match the performance of a properly executed room. You will loose the opportunity to
go for a low noise floor.
You should be starting by defining how many people you actually need to accommodate. You have a nice big space that should be
designed outwards from the seating.
This is very helpful. My paradigm has shifted recently with regard to projection based AV (totally consumed with gaining knowledge about the subject) and having so many options with this space is actually compounding my issues. I am not complaining! I like the opportunity to create a unique space; however, my creative designs need to be congruent with the principles of physics of sound and light. This may be a long term, working project, but there are some basic layouts the need to be hammered out in the short term.
I would like to keep that open area intact as the building has been built with a Western-rustic barn style. All my lumber has been reclaimed (by me!) and the other finishes compliment that look: large moss rock masonry, old brick, plaster like stucco, custom electrical fixtures that will re-task various copper, brass, and other older looking patinas. I have had thoughts of creating an open area like that of an Old West Theater (think of the Birdcage from Tombstone) I have the space,materials and ability to incorporate balcony seating. I may be more artistic rather than truly 100% functional in the modern sense.
If I can get the basic design layout (so I can rough in my electrical and other wiring) I can keep rolling with the rest of the construction. There will be some tweaks and changes but lucky for me I am the builder and won't have much drama there.
I know this won't be a true "theater", but I would like a space that could be social as well as having a functioning higher end av experience. Compromises will be a constant going forward. And if those compromises are for the short term, then they can always be addressed later as time and budget allow.