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The project started in December 2003, which is when I received the completed plans from Dennis Erskine (Design Cinema Privee). So it's been 3 years in the making.

Until this HT construction, the largest project in which I was ever involved with was once helping my brother-in-law doing some rough carpentry in a basement finishing project. The rest was either self-taught or with the assistance of this forum and some of its members.

The only portion of this construction that was contracted out was the carpeting; everything else was done in-house with the assistance of various family members (wife, sons, nephews, and brother-in-law). Basically, any family visitor that came to visit in the past 3 years who knew how to swing a hammer got recruited for this project!

I really want to thank my brother-in-law Fred with helping with the construction, BigMouthInDC for taking all these pictures and for teaching me how to do crown molding, and for Clarence for showing me the basics of converging a CRT projector, and for makeit57 for giving me the idea to add crown moulding to the HT!! Thanks guys!!

And of course thanks to Dennis Erskine for answering every one of my hundreds of emails and for designing such a great sounding room!

Here was the original plan from Dennis:




The room is roughly 22' long by 21' wide with 9' ceilings. The almost square shape was apparently an issue acoustically so that's why Dennis had me build a hallway. I did lose some seating room (had hoped to fit 10 chairs).

But here is the final product:

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Here's the view from the rear of the room:



And finally from the front of the room:



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Very nice classy looking HT!!! Well done. Enjoy all your hard work.

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Very Nice, good job there!
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The entrance to the HT is on the right of the picture - below the lighted marquee:



And this is what the hallway leading into the seating area looks like. It was my son's idea to install an old 15" monitor on the column so that you can pre-view movies or display a duplicate of what's on the screen. The equipment rack is on the right of the hallway. You can see the equipment rack (sort of) on the right side where the door is:

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Here's a closeup of the marquee above the front door to the HT:



(and yes, Generous is my real name :-)

And the mural on the outside wall leading into the HT room (mural bought on Ebay):

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Here's a picture of the equipment rack:



With a close-up version:

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Curtis,

Great job on the HT. I love the color scheme and while the hallway was put in for accoustical reasons, I think that it serves as a very classy entrance.

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Curtis, that is a great looking HT, really like the gold crown and some of the little finishing toches like the rope that goes accross the entrance.

You will enjoy that space for many, many years to come. I bet the familiy are thrilled with that space and your list of friends has grown considerably.

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The equipment list for the HT is:

Sound:
Marantz AV8805 pre/pro
Krell KAV-250a/3 - 3 channel amplifier for LCRs (500W per channel @ 4 ohms)
Krell KAV-250a - 2 channel amplifier for sides (250W per channel @ 8 ohms)
Lexicon LX-7 seven channel amplifier (7 x 200W -THX Ultra2 certified)
Triad Platinum LCRs (3)
Triad In-Wall Silver surrounds (4)
Triad In-Wall Bronze subs (2 - on sides of seating area)
RSL C34E speakers for ATMOS heights (4)
SVS PC-Ultra sub (Front left corner)
Custom built 15" Subs (behind the screen)
Behringer EP4000 sub amplifier (4000W) for subs (with fan modification) (2)
Behringer FBQ3102 Ultragraph PRO EQ


Seats:
Berkline Model 090 - Grade 4 leather
All seats with factory built-in Buttkickers
Lighted cup-holders
Two BKA1000-4A amplifiers for a total of 2200 Watts dedicated to the Buttkickers

Display:
Sony VPL-VW285ES SXRD™ 4K projector
119" diagonal SMX screen - acoustically transparent

Source Components:
Oppo BDP-103 Blu-Ray
AppleTV 4K-64GB
Tivo Bolt VOX 4K DVR
Roku Ultra | 4K/HDR/HD Streaming Player
Playstation 4
Synology DS418play NAS Disk Station, 4-Bay, 20TB

Automation:
Lutron Grafix-Eye 6 channel light dimmer
GlobalCache GC-100/12
GlobalCache iTach, IP to Serial (IP2SL)
Logitech Harmony hub + remote

Misc:
Middle Atlantic Sliding Rack
Honeywell Zoned HVAC controller
Zero International Door Bottom and seals



In case you've never seen the Triads Platinum LCRs - this is what they look like:



At 40" high and over 150lbs each, these things were a challenge to move around the room, and to build sturdy enough shelves for them to sit on behind the screen and proscenium!

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Curtis,

Great job on the HT. I love the color scheme and while the hallway was put in for accoustical reasons, I think that it serves as a very classy entrance.

sds

Thanks. We really struggled with the color scheme, but in the end decided on the GOM Anchorage line, with the color called: 'Red Delicious'



You can get samples from the GOM sample center:

http://samplecenter.guilfordofmaine....productId=5795

The rest is plain old GOM FR-701 Black material.

And yes, the hallway does add a nice touch - people who walk in don't see the main room until they turn the corner, which adds a touch of suspense!

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Curtis, that is a great looking HT, really like the gold crown and some of the little finishing toches like the rope that goes accross the entrance.

You will enjoy that space for many, many years to come. I bet the familiy are thrilled with that space and your list of friends has grown considerably.

Cheers,
Mark

Thanks! You're right the list of friends that just 'drop-in' has grown tremendously since the HT construction got completed

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The room is roughly 22" long by 21" wide with 9" ceilings.


Wow!! How could you fit so much in such a small space ?

Beautiful work. The cabinetry is awsome...


p.s. The symbol for foot is ' .
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Wow!! How could you fit so much in such a small space ?

Beautiful work. The cabinetry is awsome...


p.s. The symbol for foot is ' .

We're a family of midgets

Oops, thanks for pointing out the typo. I'm used to the metric system.

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Curtis,

Are you planning on an open day for your extended friends on AVS?

Cheers,
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Curtis,

Very nice theater. What brand and type are those sconces?
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Very nice, very nice.

Congrats on the self-build (it's rewarding IMHO) and the great outcome.

The little hallway and the LCD on the column look good.

Seems like anything Dennis designs, comes out great. Maybe next time, I'll be able to afford something from him!
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Curtis,

Very nice theater. What brand and type are those sconces?

Which ones?

The ones in the hallway where bought from HTmarket.com:



Or the ones in the main room were recommended by Dennis, but will have to look up the manfuacturer's name:



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Curtis,

Are you planning on an open day for your extended friends on AVS?

Cheers,
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Absolutely!! After all, would not have been able to build this without the help from everyone here!

Need to pick a date - maybe between Christmas and New Years!

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I'll keep a look out....where in NoVA are you?

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I'll keep a look out....where in NoVA are you?

Great Falls, not far from you.
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BRAVO!!! Excellent job!
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Pretty sweet. I've been looking for a retro mural for a while, but haven't made a decision yet. Looks great!

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Pretty sweet. I've been looking for a retro mural for a while, but haven't made a decision yet. Looks great!

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Thanks; I must say that the wall mural looks great. It really looks like it's painted!

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Curtis - on that mural was it from an ebay store or a one-off?

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I have seen the Paramount mural in a few stores online. What are the dimensions? is it 9x15 or is it 6x10.5? From the picture (yours and online) it looks like you cut off a foot or so on the top? If I went larger I'd have to take of about 1.5 feet, probably some from top and bottom.

BTW, the theater and basement look great. Nice job.

Thanks,
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WOW! Congrats on a great DIY HT! The hallway makes your theater look very different than anything I've seen here.
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Curtis - on that mural was it from an ebay store or a one-off?

Cheers,
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It's a regular ebay store seller: muralstore2004

http://stores.*********/A-Great-Mural-Store

It's called the Elvis Presley Movie Premiere Wallpaper Mural
and comes in two sizes. The version of the mural I got is 15' long x 9' high.

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I have seen the Paramount mural in a few stores online. What are the dimensions? is it 9x15 or is it 6x10.5? From the picture (yours and online) it looks like you cut off a foot or so on the top? If I went larger I'd have to take of about 1.5 feet, probably some from top and bottom.

BTW, the theater and basement look great. Nice job.

Thanks,
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I got the 9x15 one.
We had to trim about 6" in the height due to the soffit.



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