I just wanted to add a couple things to your post. I think it's important to mention how well this room was constructed originally.
Art put significant thought and effort into the original theater build and that played a big role in helping get this upgrade done quickly and smoothly.
One of Art's stipulations when we started on this project, was the fact that he didn't want to pull any fabric. This was a big issue considering the entire room was wrapped in fabric from floor to ceiling.
After reviewing the photos of the original build, it became clear that his columns were constructed in a manner which would make this process extremely easy. His columns were basically two in one. One column was permanently attached to the wall which the speaker was attached to. A second column "cover" was built and wrapped in fabric. That column cover slid over the column which was permanently attached to the wall.
So all that had to be done was remove the sconce light and just slide off the exterior column cover. What a brilliant design!
His room has 8 columns. 3 on each side and 2 on the back wall. His original sound system was a typical 7.1 setup. He had 2 side speakers in his middle columns on each side of the room and he had 2 speakers in the two rear columns. We removed the 4 old Triad speakers and install the new JBL SCL3. The JBL speakers fit perfectly in the existing opening. We then added speakers to the 4 additional columns that didn't have speakers originally.
In addition to the wall speakers we added 6 JBL SCL4 speakers in the ceiling for 3D audio formats.
So we were able to take a room with a 7.1 system and go to a full 11.1.6 system without making a single cosmetic change.
Same goes for the work Mark Seaton did in adding the rear subwoofers. He was able to remove all wall material from the back side of the theater, only leaving the back of wall fabric exposed from the equipment room. Great job!
The front screen wall was also constructed in a manner to make it extremely easy to upgrade. He has two little columns that flank the screen. All they had to do was to cut those back slightly and the new 16' Stewart screen was able to perfectly slide into place of the old 14' wide Stewart screen. The 16' Vistascope now sits directly on the sand filled stage and just barely cleared the drop-down soffit.
I also want to mention how smart Art was when it came to buying a new projector. When we began to talk about the Sony 5000ES, the only way he would consider a purchase was to see what the unit could do in his room. I sent Art a unit to try out. He had Ken Whitcomb come in and measure the light output and to calibrate the unit so he knew exactly what he was getting. It was during this process that Art was able to determine that not only did he love the 5000ES, but that he had enough light output to consider moving to an even larger screen.
This was something Art had been considering for a long time, especially since he still watches a lot of 16:9 and even 4:3 content. By going to a 16' wide scope, since he was limited in ceiling height, this allowed him to put in the largest screen his wall would hold. His image now reaches from wall to wall and floor to ceiling. This gives him an even more immersive 16:9 and 4:3 image where he watches from the front row. He now watches scope images from the second row because of the massive size!
Here are a few more pictures of the work in progress and of the equipment. Congrats Art on your upgrade! I hope it brings you many many more years of happiness.
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