Sorry for the long post….
Below is my project situation and plans. I was hoping to get some advice from you experts on this.
We purchased our retirement home which we love, but the basement was very poor. Not sure why they skimped in such a nice house…..
This became complicated because building a Theater would impact the rest of the basement as walls needed to be moved. Additionally, the more we looked, the more issues we found with the original basement. (Ceiling, flooring, doors, Vents, etc.)
After a lot of thought, we decided to tackle it all, ripping out most of the basement and trying to make the best of the situation.
Below are some before and after diagrams and pictures. The theater is still challenged, with the dimensions now 23’ 4” x 12’ 9” x 7’ 5”.
We moved here to be with the grandkids, so I wanted eight seats for our family movie nights.
I ordered narrow recliners which allows for 22-inch aisles. I tested this…. It’s tight but doable. For the heck of it, I had Buttkickers preinstalled.
For the theater, I’m currently planning on a Sony 915 laser projector mounted outside the theater in the equipment area. The equipment rack will also be outside the theater with a “hidden door” for access.
The screen wall will be minimalist with a 150” AT scope screen. I know that HDR will be a bit problematic with that distance and screen size, but I really wanted a large screen.
I think the first-row seating will be 12 to 13 ft from the screen. I mocked this up and it seems okay to my eyes. MLP viewing angle is a bit wider than 20th Century Fox Ideal at about 50 degrees.
The riser calculator says I need a riser between 15 and 16 inches. Because of the low ceiling I’m planning on a 12 inch riser. I will use a mini platform below the back row seats to get the remaining height.
I’m planning on a 9.4.4 Atmos setup (I think I have this nomenclature right). I will likely use the Anthem 1140 to run them, with other amps for the subs of course. The fronts will be three towers behind the screen, and the sides and rears will be in-walls inside the columns.
The theater will have 10 columns (not deep) with sconces. There will be acoustic panels between them.
The choices above were meant to be the best compromise considering the challenged room. I know it is not ideal, and any suggestions are welcome.
I included a conceptual mock up of the theater design and colors using my limited skills. This was helpful working with the designer and allowed the family to weigh in on colors and design. Right now, we all like this version as we wait for the designer’s drawings.
I don’t have the skills and expertise of you all and have learned so much by reading almost every post in this forum.
Any feedback / criticism on these plans is appreciated as I will start finalizing things soon.