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Need Help with Narrow 7 1/2ft Wide by 15 ft Length Room.

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Hello all, I am so glad I found this website - everyone here seems to be very knowledgeable, certainly more than myself regarding home theaters. I have always wanted a Home Theater and now have the opportunity to create one in a detached room that is limited in space - it's 7 1/2 ft wide and 14 1/2 ft long. Height is TBD. The walls are concrete (this used to be a tool shed/storage room that I do not use).

There are two small windows that will easily be closed so there will be no ambient lighting issues - during the day - it will be pitch black in the room.

Forgive me if any of these questions are dumb, but I'm new to this and want to make the room the best possible theater experience. Here are my questions:

Pretty much a very general question - is this absolutely too narrow? Or do I have hope? Would it feel too cramped considering the questions I am asking below?

1 - Height of Ceiling - The height of the ceiling can be from as low as 7 feet to as high as about 10-12 feet. I have that space so I need to know what would be the best height. I will then have the ceiling installed - it has a roof - it's just kind of open all the way to the top so I can install a ceiling inside of this.

2 - Screen Size - My idea is to have one end of the room have the screen - by my calculations - it looks like it could be between 80-100 inches - using a projector. Is this too large? The bigger the better for me.

3 - Seating - Considering that it is narrow, I was thinking 2 rows of 2 seats towards the opposite end of the screen. I'm thinking smaller type theater seats would be fine for each row - I'm wondering if the first row of seats will be to close to the screen?

4 - Sound - I plan to do the 7.1 surround sound, if I place the back row as close to the back wall as possible, would it be an issue having the rear left/right speakers so close to the back row?

5 - A/C - Since it's detached, I plan on installing a wall mounted AC. I am assuming this must run all the time to keep the temperature comfortable for the equipment correct? Vs. just turning the AC on when I am going to watch a movie? I'm in South Florida - so it is really hot and humid.

I have a million questions, but do not want to overdo my questions with my first thread. I really look forward to hear from anybody that can help me.

Thank you.

Javier -)
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If you have any DIY skills, you can make your own AT screen for a lot less than buying a commercial screen..
The screen material is readily available from people like SeymourAV and it's very good quality..
You just make up a timber frame and attach the AT material to it..
You can find all the information you need to build one in the Screens forum..
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