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As the sign says, welcome to the Stonewater Cinema. After almost two years of "Coming Soon - The Stonewater Cinema build thread" as an inactive link in my AVS Forum autosignature.....I am happy to make this link official and active!!!Technically speaking, some of the actual construction has already begun but don't worry - I have barely finished framing the room and have plenty of pictures to share with everyone to catch up to its present status. Some decisions on design and equipment have already been made, but there is a lot yet to be decided so I sincerely look forward to feedback from everyone who reads (i.e. lurks) on this thread.

Given the number of PMs and well-deserved public harassment I have received to get things going, my goal is to make your wait worthwhile.Instead of launching into a huge introductory post, I thought I would keep things relatively simple and high-level here in this first post and let subsequent posts fill in the details with words and pictures. As a handy reference, I will be creating an index here in this first post so you can quickly jump to any stage of my construction build as things progress.

First, I'd like to give you a bit of background on the design theme for my theater. For some reason I have always seemed to gravitate to the Art Deco style found in the old cinema palaces of the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s. If you ever are in the San Francisco Bay area, there is one of the world's best examples of a classic Art Deco movie palace in Oakland, CA - The Paramount Theater. Yes, the style can be a bit over-the-top, but there are many classic Art Deco themes that started with this theater. Here are a few pictures:The main entrance to the theater, "Always The Best Show In Town". Notice how my marquee above follows the original deco theme in this photo:
Main theater stage as seen from the balcony:
Main lobby showing a number of Art Deco design themes I will be translating to my theater: backlit glass with metalwork in front and tiered edge details:
Close-up of main lobby side wall. Again, backlit glass with decorative and sculptural metal in front:


It is my goal to create a classic Art Deco home theater but with an updated, yet elegant look that extracts some of the design elements I like. I ended up drawing a fairly detailed blueprint of the room, complete with ceiling, front, side and rear elevations - all of which I will share in an upcoming post. I decided to hire on Dennis Erskine and his talented team to translate my drawings into CAD and tweak where needed. I had been entertaining the thought of hiring Dennis for quite some time, primarily for the acoustic analysis of the room and to get the right acoustic environment for the room - which as we all know has great impact on the quality of the final product. I went into this process with a goal of getting the biggest "bang for my buck" with a high-value system, despite my tendencies (and I think a lot of Forum member's tendencies) to really go for a high-end system, which meant that hiring outside professional services was on my radar, but not a definite. That all changed and I ended up contracting with Dennis when I decided to pull the trigger on a very special purpose-built theater speaker system. More on that equipment choice to follow.....how's that for a teaser?
I will be updating this thread frequently to catch everyone up to present status, including details of all the equipment I have purchased so far.

EQUIPMENT LIST

Sources
Genie HR-54 4K Genie DVR system with two C41 clients
Kaleidescape Strato 4K UHD Movie Server
Oppo UDP-203 4K UHD Bluray player
Sony PS4 PRO

Network
Cisco SRW2048 48-port Gigabit Switch with WebView
Asus RT-AC68U Dual Band Wireless AC 1900 Gigabit Router

AV Electronics - Home Theater
Sherbourn PT-7030 Preamp/processor (Will be upgrading to a 3D audio processor)
Sherbourn PA7-350 - 350 wpc x 7 channel amplifier (Quantity 3)
Crest Audio Pro-Lite 7.5 OR Peavy IPR2 7500 amplifier for four IST UXL-18 subwoofers
Crest Audio Pro-Lite 7.5 OR Peavy IPR2 7500 amplifier for two Stereo Integrity HS24 24" subwoofers
Crest Audio Pro-Lite 2.0 OR Peavy IPR2 2000 amplifier for 8 Buttkicker LFE transducers
QSC Core 250i DSP (planned)

AV Electronics - Distributed Audio / Video system
Savant SLN-88BT 8x8 HDBaseT HDMI Matrix switch
Savant SmartLink HRX-SLN501 HDBaseT Receiver (Quantity 5)
Savant Smart Audio SSA-3220 32x20 distributed audio matrix
Sherbourn PA18-45 (Quantity 3)

Projector
TBD - Would love a Sim2 3-chip DLP, but they are out of budget, so currently looking at Sony VPL-VW600ES (preferred), otherwise looking at the Epson 6030ub or the Sony VPL-HW55ES
Panamorph DC1 Anamorphic lens with Panamorph ATH2 remote controlled automatic motorized lens transport

Screen
Stewart Filmscreen Cine-V screen frame with 50' radius curve and 2-way vertical masking system
Seymour Center Stage XD (141" wide x 60" high (153" diagonal), acoustically transparent, 2.35:1 with acoustically transparent side masking panels

Speakers
Procella Audio P610 (Quantity 3) for Left, Center and Right Channels
Procella Audio P6 (Quantity 6) for two pairs of side channels and one pair of back channels
Procella Audio P10si (Quantity 3) for balancing subwoofers
Procella Audio P6iw (Quantity 4) for in-ceiling Atmos speakers
IST UXL-18 (Quantity 4) with DIYSoundgroup 4 cu ft. subwoofer enclosures
Stereo Integrity HS24 24" Subwoofers (Quantity 2) in custom Baltic Birch plywood enclosures

Cables
Canare 4S11 for all speakers
Belden 5T00UP 10awg for all subwoofers
Monoprice Redmere (or similar) for all HDMI wires
All other wires in the rack will be custom-made and terminated by me

Control
Savant HST-4501 Host Controller
Savant SSR-1000 handheld remote (Quantity 6)
iPad 4th Generation with Retina Display (Quantity 2)
iPad Mini with Retina Display (Quantity 1)
iDock Glass Landscape with Touchcode security (Quantity 2) for wall-mounted docking and charging of iPads
iDock motorized in-wall dock for iPad Mini with Retina display (Quantity 1)

Traditional Lighting
Lutron GRX-3106 Grafik Eye 6 zone lighting controller with SeeTouch SG-4SN (black) 4-button backlit keypad with raise/lower function
Lutron GRX-CI-PRG Grafik Eye 3000 Astronomic Timeclock and Programmer Interface

Philips Color Kinetics RGB LED Lighting System
Philips Color Kinetics iPlayer3 DMX Controller with IP interface
Philips Color Kinetics iColor Flex SL strand lights (Quantity 16)
Philips Color Kinetics sPDS-480ca 7.5v Rack-mounted power supply for data and power for iColor Flex SL strands
Philips Color Kinetics iColor Cove EC Powercore 12" RGB LED fixtures for soffit and accent lighting (Quantity 105)
Philips Color Kinetics sPDS-480ca 24v Rack-mounted power supply for data and power for the iColor Cove EC Powercore fixtures
Philips Color Kinetics MRg2 (Quantity 5) for RGB LED screen washers and (Quantity 3) for illuminating the LCRs behind the screen
Philips Color Kinetics PDS-70mr 24v power supply for MRg2 bulbs
Philips Color Kinetics iColor Keypad (Quantity 1)

Star Ceiling
FOSI Fiber Optic Star ceiling with dimmable LED bulb (tied to one zone of the Grafik Eye)

Power Conditioning
Richard Gray Powerhouse - AC Power Purification and isolation
APC S20BLK - Network Manageable 1.25kW S Type Power Conditioner with Battery Backup 120V

Seating
Berkline 090 Series (Quantity 8) with integrated Buttkicker LFE tactile transducers

Middle Atlantic Racks and Accessories
Middle Atlantic MRK-4431 gangable rack enclosures (Quantity 2) with rear door and PFD-44 locking Plexiglas front door


BUILD INDEX
 

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Reserved for comment....after I read this Novel...lol


Glad you finally got it up Tim, really looking forward to our chats and your progress.


Dave


Edit: Great Introduction. For all those that are following, all I can say is with Tim's Intelligence, AV knowledge, carpenter skills, and attention to detail there is absolutely no doubt that his Theater will be one of a kind. I have come to that conclusion after well over a thousand emails/calls in the last 6 months discussing both of our Theaters.


Let's go !
 

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Ready to follow this one. Bring on the construction!!
 

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Love the classic Deco look, too. Make sure your stage will be deep enough to hold the organ.
 
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Oh yeah! This is going to be awesome!
 

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Subscribing to this one. Looking forward to seeing it come together.


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Looking forward to watching this real time. It's been slow around here lately with a bunch of theaters stalling after drywall.


I started out with highend plans and feel pretty foolish at this point. I think "bang for the buck" is a wise choice.
 

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Originally Posted by Moggie  /t/1442340/the-stonewater-cinema-build-thread#post_22643743


About time you started
Hey the picture in that new screen looks incredibly lifelike.

I agree. The 8K picture is incredibly lifelike....unfortunately the only source content I have shows images of construction supplies on an infinite loop!!



Glad to have you along for the ride. Your build is certainly one of my own personal inspiration builds, particularly with the quality of execution in every last detail. I'll be explaining my plan in subsequent posts, but it was your build and StockMonkey's build that really swayed me to take the plunge and build an IB subwoofer setup, so please don't hold back on the comments once you see the plan unfold!!
 

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Somebody has been holding out on us.........


Looks like some really nice gear and I'm sure your room will be commensurate.

Hey, us West Carolinians don't normally fraternize with you East Carolinians!!! Which, by the way, we should change! If things go smoothly for this build, perhaps we can finally have one of our regional AVS meets we keep talking about here at the Stonewater Cinema. Sound good? As you can see in a few of the pictures above, like most AVS builds I am obligated to simultaneously finish the rest of the basement as well. I will have a 9' pool table, darts, a full bar with dual-tap kegerator and a couple of full-on extra comfortable kick-back spaces for hanging out so maybe we can put it on the calendar once things get a bit closer to done.
 

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I'm in Houston but I might just have to crash that meet if it includes pool, darts, & 2 taps.
 
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Hopefully you will start to see a bit of the scale of this theater coming together. All the details on system design and the construction drawings will come tomorrow.

We have the same granite

 

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I'm in Houston but I might just have to crash that meet if it includes pool, darts, & 2 taps.

If you are willing to make the trip from that distance, you are more than welcome. We are a quick 15 minutes from Charlotte airport so it would be very easy to pick you up. Plus we have four (soon to be three) extra bedrooms as an alternative to a hotel if you would like.


My intent was to keep this thread focused on the theater, but I can certainly sprinkle in some pictures of the basement if everyone would like to see the concurrent progress...
 

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Somebody has been holding out on us.........


Looks like some really nice gear and I'm sure your room will be commensurate.

Hey, us West Carolinians don't normally fraternize with you East Carolinians!!! Which, by the way, we should change! If things go smoothly for this build, perhaps we can finally have one of our regional AVS meets we keep talking about here at the Stonewater Cinema. Sound good? As you can see in a few of the pictures above, like most AVS builds I am obligated to simultaneously finish the rest of the basement as well. I will have a 9' pool table, darts, a full bar with dual-tap kegerator and a couple of full-on extra comfortable kick-back spaces for hanging out so maybe we can put it on the calendar once things get a bit closer to done.

Oh! Its like that! You goin East vs West One Me!???? Haha!
 

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Glad to see others using there SUV as a truck. My wife hates it when I use her Yukon as pickup truck and hall 30 2x4.
 

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If you are willing to make the trip from that distance, you are more than welcome. We are a quick 15 minutes from Charlotte airport so it would be very easy to pick you up. Plus we have four (soon to be three) extra bedrooms as an alternative to a hotel if you would like.

My intent was to keep this thread focused on the theater, but I can certainly sprinkle in some pictures of the basement if everyone would like to see the concurrent progress...

Charlotte was on the short list when we moved from CA. We spent a week there looking at houses and really liked a few areas north of town (Huntersville, Davidson) and a few to the south (Waxhaw, Weddington). Finally decided to stay close to family and landed in Houston. Doesn't mean I won't be back, especially for an Art Deco theater premier.
 
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