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This theater was built in 2003 and it's taken me this long to put together a design document/description. It has stood up well, even as it has gone through three different projectors (it now sports the 146" diagonal Samsung The Wall). I've put together an 11 MB PDF document that shows pictures and talks about the design. Enjoy!

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When it comes up, I recommend downloading the file to see it full screen, view/print in Landscape.

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This theater was built in 2003 and it's taken me this long to put together a design document/description. It has stood up well, even as it has gone through three different projectors (it now sports the 146" diagonal Samsung The Wall). I've put together an 11 MB PDF document that shows pictures and talks about the design. Enjoy!

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1C8S...OehilH4UJ/view

When it comes up, I recommend downloading the file to see it full screen.
Just incredible room ,thanks for getting this to us. The delay doesn't reduce the impact of such a classic piece of work.

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This theater was built in 2003 and it's taken me this long to put together a design document/description. It has stood up well, even as it has gone through three different projectors (it now sports the 146" diagonal Samsung The Wall). I've put together an 11 MB PDF document that shows pictures and talks about the design. Enjoy!

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1C8S...OehilH4UJ/view

When it comes up, I recommend downloading the file to see it full screen.
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Gorgeous, timeless style. Video walkthrough please!

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Wow! That is just incredible. Congratulations and post some updated pictures when you get a chance!
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It was quite challenging taking pictures since most shots had bare bulbs (which over expose) or windows (which reflect those bare bulbs). So a lot of those pictures took a while each to set up, and I didn't do a particularly expert job. But maybe a video with its automatic iris would be better. Will think about it.

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Wow! That is just incredible. Congratulations and post some updated pictures when you get a chance!
Most of those pictures are in fact current pictures. Thinking about it, that wasn't very clear!
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Wow. Just wow....

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Damn!! That's incredible

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You're home cinema is truly a marvel. It was a pleasure and honor to see in person. Absolutely remarkable! Well done!

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Absolutely fantastic. I just love the incredible attention to detail!

Even an overhead light with respect to the Ticket Booth for the 'Ticket Booth Attendant' and a coin tray with a deliberately worn brass finish so as to look used and authentic. I love it

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I keep on reducing how bright my panel is. I'm down to a setting of 20 out of 50 when watching content now in my theater when the lights are dim, and frankly that's still probably too bright.

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I remember seeing pics of this in the thread about the new screen. I was speechless about this courtyard and I still am. I haven't realized back then that this is in fact completely under ground, which is unbelievable. Probably the only theater I've seen which I'd enjoy spending 2 hours just in front of it as well as inside. Bravo!

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I remember seeing pics of this in the thread about the new screen. I was speechless about this courtyard and I still am. I haven't realized back then that this is in fact completely under ground, which is unbelievable. Probably the only theater I've seen which I'd enjoy spending 2 hours just in front of it as well as inside. Bravo!
Yeah, one of the many fundamental limitations people run into when designing a home theater is that they don't have enough height. The finished ceiling at the front is 16' high. As it turns out, that is the minimum height needed for this theater. Everything barely fits. From the top, you have framing for the ceiling. Then you have a curved ceiling down to the proscenium and the proscenium has to be tall enough to accept a rather large drape motor so that the drapes can roll up. Then you have the proscenium itself. Then you have drapes that are always shown, even when rolled up. Then you need space for the first center channel speaker, then your 16x9 screen, then another center channel speaker. All that must be crammed up as high as possible since you have stadium seating and you'd rather be looking at the screen than down to the screen.

So, a 16' (interior) high room x 30' long, just for the theater. If you didn't put this underground, that would be one heck of a giant windowless cube to architecturally hide somehow.

So ideally that means underground, and at 16'+ height, that means purpose built.

BTW, I partially attribute the great acoustics in this theater to the ceiling height (and its many uneven surfaces).
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BTW, I partially attribute the great acoustics in this theater to the ceiling height (and its many uneven surfaces).
I've been location scouting for a place to put my studio in. I need a big room with at least 9' ceilings to use as a tracking room for drums to get good sound. Almost impossible to find in normal homes, it would need to be something purpose-built. Oddly enough my living room has 11' ceilings, but that can't be used as drum room
Tall rooms are a blessing, especially if the ceiling is not just a flat plane parallel to the floor.

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Just wow this is literally a work of art. I love the super tall ceilings and the attention to detail throughout all the different rooms. Also all your lighting is so wonderfully put together without drawing to much attention. Great job the room looks amazing.

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equally impressive is the fact that I don't imagine there are a lot of underground room additions in San Diego residential construction and I wonder if that in itself was a challenge. Permits and inspections etc.
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Wow, absolutely wow. This is epic, so beautiful!! I don’t know what I love more, the actual theater or the courtyard??!?
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Truly a work of art and a tribute to all of the great theaters of the past. Bravo indeed.


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equally impressive is the fact that I don't imagine there are a lot of underground room additions in San Diego residential construction and I wonder if that in itself was a challenge. Permits and inspections etc.
The permitting part was surprisingly easy. In hindsight, what we did was unusual. We deconstructed an existing study room from the roof down. Then saw cut the concrete slab entirely out. Then started digging down (that was where the stairs started from). Anyways, other than asking for a soils report, there really wasn't too much extra. The geologist estimated that we dug down about 5 million years - We're about 3 miles from the ocean, and at a 250' elevation, yet it was pretty obvious that the sea bottom extended to our house at various times in those geological layers.
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Stunning. Absolutely stunning. Well done good sir.

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Truly unbelievable attention to detail and construction. The shot from the landing across the courtyard just blows my mind. It is completely incredible and I say this in all seriousness - this courtyard and entrance area has a Disney level of detail. Truly amazing.

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