With the exception of a disappearing electrician, things have been progressing nicely. All of the carpet is done, including the arcade room. The A/V installation has begun, so as of Friday afternoon I had sound and picture (well, for at least 5 minutes. See below) !! I'm shooting for an opening night in two weeks, but that's going to be cutting it close.
Here is where I'm currently at...
- Apparently, the ceiling cans that I wanted are a "special order" item, so the electrician is in no hurry to return until those pieces come in (ETA currently unknown). In the meantime, he's left juuuuuust enough items incomplete to lend some frustration.
- A/V installers came in last week, and as of quitting time on friday, I had a picture and sound! After they left, I popped in a BluRay, and 5 minutes later I heard a wonderful *click* as the projector shut off and a red light blinked on and off. Manual says thats due to overheating, but A) there's no way that should happen on a new projector after 5 minutes and B) even after letting it cool down, it won't turn on. Do I have a lemon? Going to have to see what the A/V guys say when they return tomorrow (hopefully!)
- My arcade carpet arrived!! I was nervous about this because it seemed a bit sketchy. The company I used was Value Carpet Online. Initially there was very little communication after the order was placed - emails went unanswered, etc. When I did contact someone by phone, I felt a bit like I was gettting the runaround. Everything was always "next week", which seemed to keep me on the hook without actually giving me any physical information. When the order was finally due to arrive, the day came and went with nothing arriving. Then, buried among my work emails, was a notice from the delivery company - apparently, the delivery company wasn't given any information other than my name and address (no phone, email), but they needed to contact me prior to delivery. They googled me and somehow found a work address attached to my name and sent me a message there. Bizarre.
Overall, the carpet looks nice (one teeny imperfection, but nothing I'm losing sleep over), but the company is certainly rough around the edges.
- My front row seating arrived!! Well... part of it. For my front row I'm using DreamSeat for rocker-style seating. They've been great to work with and I found a fantastic color to match the seating I already have. What arrived last week were three boxes of all of the upholstered pieces. No legs. no hardware. No instructions. Nothing. Just seat cushions (you can see one in the first photo below), seat backs, and part of the armrest.
I contacted DreamSeats last week to inquire about the rest of the order, expecting them to tell me that it was on the way. Instead, they said that they weren't sure why I only received the cushions and seatbacks. That's not reassuring. They seem like a pretty professional outfit, so I'm hoping they'll clear things up this week.
- Major things that are left:
Sound panels (still on order)
Electrical: Rope lighting in theater, serveral outlets and switches, ceiling cans.
A/V: fix projector!?, subwoofer, calibrate system
- Here are current photos: