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CONSTRUCTION:
  1. 5/8"+1/2" GWB with Green Glue
  2. RSIC-1 and channel (both sides) between theater and adjacent mechanical room
  3. Double stud walls
  4. Pink fluffy fiberglass throughout, except mineral fiber in mechanical room wall



ELECTRIC:

(4) 20A circuits to rack to rac

(1) 15A and (1) 20A for lighting (I used an existing 20A; I would have preferred 15A)

(2) Lutron GRX-3104 from eBay. $108 (ivory) and $187.50 (white)
  • Zone 1- 3 recessed lights in adjacent walkway
  • Zone 2- 4 step lights
  • Zone 3- 4 recessed lights above screen
  • Zone 4- 6 recessed lights above seating
  • Zone 5- 4 recessed lights at rear
  • Zone 6- LED tray lighting
  • Zone 7- Track lights behind AT screen
  • Zone 8- Unused
Leviton TR black decora receptacles $2/ea
Leviton black screwless cover plates $3/ea
Halo R36RTAT 3" recessed lights $25/ea
Halo 3011BKBB 3" black trims $25/ea
Halo 3" pinhole black trims (at screen) $27/ea


LED LIGHTING
HitLights 3528 LED, 60 LEDs per meter (300 per reel) $68

Mean Well dimmable power supply $82

Lutron GRX-TVI interface $10 (eBay!)


HVAC:
Panasonic Inline 120CFM FV-10NLF1 fan in rack closet $130

- piped mostly in 4" rigid, with short pieces of 4" flex connecting to fan and end boot
LUX LV3-005L Cool-only 120v thermostat $18

- turns exhaust fan on when temperature exceeds 85 degrees (pretty much 24/7)
2-slot 24" long linear diffuser $47

- made plenum out of drywall+gg+drywall and lined with 2" rigid fiberglass insulation
8x8x7 Return box $8
Hart Cooley RHF45 Return filter grill (special order; link is for a 12x12) $25


AUDIO:

Onkyo NR709 B-Stock $394

2x Buttkicker 1000W amps (from AVS group buy a looooong time ago)

LCR- Stentorian

Surrounds- 4x Sten II

(2) Buttkicker LFE in riser, which is built on vibration isolators

(2) Cinema F-20 (behind screen wall)


VIDEO:

Optoma HD20 (new, open box; less than 1 hour on machine) $550

Panasonic Blu-Ray player


SEATING:

Seatcraft EROS |O|O|O|, |O|OO|O| $2000

Used stadium seating |O|O|O|O|O| $free



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WHOO! You've got some sweet dimensions to work with. Your blueprints look intriguing.


Am I seeing an acoustically transparent screen with a chamber for speakers behind it? I don't see it in the first pic, but it looks like that might be the second pic.


Spoken as the guy who just finished his theater this past weekend... "Soldier, I wish you well."
 

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Ooops. I commented too soon. You're still unfolding your story in pictures.

 

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Originally Posted by cshawnmcdonald  /t/1426519/mr-tims-15x27-theater#post_22347557


WHOO! You've got some sweet dimensions to work with. Your blueprints look intriguing.

Am I seeing an acoustically transparent screen with a chamber for speakers behind it? I don't see it in the first pic, but it looks like that might be the second pic.

Spoken as the guy who just finished his theater this past weekend... "Soldier, I wish you well."

There's about 2 feet of space behind the AT screen. I furred out the front wall 3-1/2" and installed Roxul Safe'n'Sound across the front. The corners will be pink (or white, in my case) fluffy fiberglass bass traps; 2 layers of 6" with air space behind.


Thanks for the well wishes, I have been working on this a long time and finally feel comfortable starting a thread. I think I may be done before the "old thread warning" appears



This is what it looks like:





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Originally Posted by Mr.Tim  /t/1426519/mr-tims-15x27-theater#post_22347569


I have been working on this a long time and finally feel comfortable starting a thread.

Brother, I totally understand that. I also waited to start my thread until I was sure my start-and-stop build was more started than stopped.


At that point, I had internalized so much heartbreak I didn't wan't to go back relive it all in a forum. And then, you see so many pics of OMFG!-quality builds by guys spending $100K, and you think "Nobody is going to care about my little shoebox build."


Yours is definitely off to a really good start. Keep on, keepin' on.
 

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Originally Posted by HopefulFred  /t/1426519/mr-tims-15x27-theater#post_22347730


Tim, your contributions to this forum have always been precise and insightful. I've been waiting for you to start this thread for a while now, because I knew it would be a good one. (No pressure
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The plans and progress look great so far - how about a list of equipment?

Fred

Thanks for the kind words, Fred. I have a lot of photos of construction, but I'll be darned if I know where they are. I just realized the 16gb card from my Nikon is MIA, I suspect there are some photos on there. The mightiest of plans and ideas succumbed to the reality of budget. I had to make some compromises in design and material.


I had planned on a much more intricate (read:wood) ceiling, but in the end drywall and spackle is a lot cheaper.


My soffits were made from left over framing material, which wasn't the greatest (actually, it was as crooked as a rattlesnake, but it was free):



About 15mins with the power planer and a straightedge and I had a flat surface. It was interesting to see the deflection in the joists due to the dead load above. The ceiling actually dips down a bit, but I made the soffits straight.


Front soffit was a lot easier!




Some people don't like metal, but I love it. Always straight. However, I always use 20ga. I refuse to use 25ga for anything. In a pinch I will pick up one or two 25ga on a Sunday if I need them.. I always regret it.


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Good to see your build thread. You've always given great advice on this forum. I was going to make a comment on how you would probably pass me up in the progress department, but alas you already have.
 

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Originally Posted by Jon_B  /t/1426519/mr-tims-15x27-theater#post_22348188


Good to see your build thread. You've always given great advice on this forum. I was going to make a comment on how you would probably pass me up in the progress department, but alas you already have.

I had about a 5 year head start
I wish could say everything went as planned, but things change and many things returned to the drawing board. At one point I just threw the board out the window and winged it.


So many pipes/wires/ducts to work around.. Add in a budget and all heck breaks loose.


Still a bit to go with construction, so hopefully I can help somebody out.. somewhere.. with something I do.


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Installed CHDK on my cheapo Powershot A560, pretty cool! Wish I could take credit for this awesome idea, but I gotta give props to jdanforth , whose idea I have blatantly stolen
Like I hope to have, he has two Cinema F-20s in his room. Check out his thread here . His time lapse vids are sweet.


Without further ado.. I give you..

 

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Whoo! I've been waiting for you to post a build thread for awhile now after all of the great advice you gave me. Keep up the good work!


In regards to putting lights behind your AT screen, I think that that would look awesome. Some kind of opening video (think IMAX) that you could load into your HTPC and play before a movie would be so cool. Maybe even some track lights installed in front of the speakers on the stage that shine up on them?
 

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It's hard to believe your space is 15 x 27. It looks HUGE. Great use of the space and the layout is GREAT!
 

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Really like the tiered soffits over the riser. Looks really sharp.
 

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Originally Posted by Mr.Tim  /t/1426519/mr-tims-15x27-theater#post_22347516


Pink fluffy fiberglass throughout, except brown death in mechanical room wall

What is brown death? Rock wool?
 

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Originally Posted by aaustin  /t/1426519/mr-tims-15x27-theater#post_22348851


Whoo! I've been waiting for you to post a build thread for awhile now after all of the great advice you gave me. Keep up the good work!

In regards to putting lights behind your AT screen, I think that that would look awesome. Some kind of opening video (think IMAX) that you could load into your HTPC and play before a movie would be so cool. Maybe even some track lights installed in front of the speakers on the stage that shine up on them?

I wasn't going to do it, but I have the extra zones, so it is an idea (unless somebody has a better one!). Relatively easy to implement at this point if I use incandescent bulbs.

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Originally Posted by Johnny14o  /t/1426519/mr-tims-15x27-theater#post_22349139


It's hard to believe your space is 15 x 27. It looks HUGE. Great use of the space and the layout is GREAT!

Thanks! The room measures 27'-1" from the rear wall to the front wall. I furred both of them out with 3-1/2" studs spaced 1" off the drywall, leaving 26'-4". The seating and screen wall portions of the room are 12'-8" wide. The walkway adds another 3'-3". The ceiling is about 9'-6" at it's highest point.


Due to mechanicals, I soffited down to 7' at the entry door. Lucky me, 7' is the minimum ceiling height to meet code. I'd like to be able to say I planned it that way, but I had to use a shoe horn just to get that height. The upside is you enter into this small space, but when you step down into the theater, the whole place just opens up.

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Originally Posted by fax6202  /t/1426519/mr-tims-15x27-theater#post_22349245


Really like the tiered soffits over the riser. Looks really sharp.

They're still a work in progress. I have to finish framing the "frame" for my screen. I've been trying to figure out the best way to do it.. I would think it would be easy, but I keep changing my mind.

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What is brown death? Rock wool?

Yes, rock wool. The real stuff. Safe'n'sound is nothing like what I put in the mechanical room walls. I could lay safe'n'sound batts two deep on the floor and take a nap in it. I will never use rock wool again now that I've discovered safe'n'sound.


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Making the stage..


I chose the classic stage design that many of us have chosen. Not sure who pioneered this design (Sunset Cinema?), but it's classy.


Scribed the lines:




Filled with sand (small openings stuffed with fiberglass):



Covered with Tyvek:



Deck:



Install the risers (3/8" ply):



Deck again:



I did the risers before the second layer of decking for a specific reason. No matter how good you are with a jig saw, the plywood never comes out perfect when you cut an arc.


The 3/8" plywood on the riser smooths out all the zigs and zags. After I installed the second layer of OSB I used a router with a flush trim bit to make a smooth arc.


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Looking good Mr. Tim! I'm excited to see this one - as aaustin said above, I have appreciated your advice in my build very much!
 

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Ok, $20 to the first guy to spot a code violation in Mr.Tim's theater.


Just kidding, looking good. Keep it up.
 
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