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post #1 of 32 Old 04-27-10, 11:31 PM Thread Starter
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My 1st Theater, Almost Finished

Please take a look at our new theater we are building:

The stained Knotty Alder is not as glossy as it looks in the photos. Finish is much better than it looks in the flash photos, Also have something on my Camera lens causing spots all over.

The Screen Will probably be a DIY paint type finished to around 129" Diag.

There are wires in each column for sconces to be located later.

The speakers will be hidden behind the Fabric panels that are not installed yet.

The L-C-R will be under screen behind panels.

The Perimeter Soffit lights are mini 3" cans on 1 zone of the Graphic Eye 6 zone dimmer. the Stage cans, the Rope lights under the steps, the sconces,etc will each have a seperate dimmer zone. one will also control the Star Field.

Curtins will be on a Motorized track and pull behind the columns on each side of the screen.

The back angles will limit the seating to a row of 3, the 2nd riser will have a row of 4 and the floor we plan on having oversized bean bags for the kids.
Wife likes symmetry so there had to be steps on each side.

I am open to PJ suggestions, I have wires in attic above to drop when I locate the PJ.

The entire room has Spray Foam Insulation, Quiet Rock Sheetrock, a layer of MDF under the Knotty Alder Plywood.

I plan on making Acoustic Foam panels wrapped with GOM Fabric in each of the openings with speakers located at appropriate locations.

I sprayed the risers full of foam to dampen the sound, Plan on Transducers on seats. Floor under theater is also insulated with foam to reduce sound.

HVAC has a zone damper with a Thermostat to keep the room as warm or cold as we want.

I am the Builder / Homeowner. I own the Spray Foam Insulation Company too, We are in the final stages, Finishing paint, Electrical / plumb trim out on the entire house.

Lots of DIY, The house is super insulated with spray foam, Has Fully Zoned HVAC ( Geo Thermal and Radiant floor heat we installed ourselves )
Will be fairly automated with Lutron Radio RA ( A little dated but I have lots of it already and it interfaces easily with HAI and ELK security )

It has been a fun Project but I am ready to finish and move in.

House is in Owasso, Ok a suburb of Tulsa.

We did the insulation in an Extreme Makeover Home Edidtion house that will be aired May 9th
( Cant Post the Link but Search for ExtremeSimmons.*** )for Details

Sorry to rattle on so much, I do lots of reading and research and figure out almost everything I do by taking bits and pieces of other peoples Work / Ideas

So Far the Theater has only cost around $4,000.00 hard cash for materials and Lots of Free Labor on My Part, Now I have to come up with the PJ, Speakers, Amps, Carpet, Seating, etc. .
And of course I am pretty well broke!

Looking for Screen paint recommendations / Ceiling Paint Color / Etc. and any other questions / Comments ( Good or Bad )


Attaching the Photos has me all confused, Not sure what will show up

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post #2 of 32 Old 04-27-10, 11:38 PM Thread Starter
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Re: My 1st Theater, Almost Finished

Now I have a double post 1 without photos, If someone can delete it that will be great.

Room Deminsions are: 19'-3" Wide x 20'-8" Deep x 11' High Ceilings with 2' Wide Soffit around perimeter at 10' high.
Almost to Square but I hope the angles at the back will help with acoustics See the Attached PDF for floor plan

Seating is at 9' 13' and 17'

PJ can go as far as 18' from Screen

Screen without trim other than shown is 64" H x 112-1/2" W

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Re: My 1st Theater, Almost Finished

WOW! That is going to look amazing when it is finished well done Ed

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That is definitely one REALLY nice HT! Way to go!

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Re: My 1st Theater, Almost Finished

Looks awesome already, I'm jealous.

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Re: My 1st Theater, Almost Finished

WOW and WOW! That is really nice!!! Did you do all that custom woodwork yourself?


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Re: My 1st Theater, Almost Finished

Fantastic work Ed, Thats going to be one of the nicer home theaters I have seen when its done. Love the woodwork

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Onkyo 805, Yamaha YDP2006EQ, Samson Servo 600 amp
3 EV Sentry 500 monitors across the front, 4 Mission 762i's Surrounds, SVS PB13U sub, Panasonic BDT220, Harmony 1100, Nintendo WiiU
Panasonic PT-AE8000 on a 120" 2,35:1 fixed screen

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Yamaha KX-393 Tape deck, CDC 805 CD changer, Panasonic BD60, Sony turntable PS-T20
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Re: My 1st Theater, Almost Finished

Thanks for the comments

I did the design and layout, I have a couple of guys help me cut it out and put it together.

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Re: My 1st Theater, Almost Finished

Beautiful woodwork!!..That is going to be a very classy theatre..

One concern I have is that the room is almost square!..That may be a problem with acoustics, but since you have some irregular shape to the room, it might be ok..

Also, placing your speakers under the screen like that is not a good idea, even though you see the idea used in a lot of theatre's..
To do that, you will need to pack a lot of insulation around the speaker boxes to reduce cavity resonances..

I'll be following your build with interest..

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Re: My 1st Theater, Almost Finished

Classy is the adjective jumping to my mind as well, very nice.
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