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Re: MC's Basement HT
mikecoscia #422347 01/13/17 02:12 PM
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We did the beanbag thing for a while with my 2 previous theaters. Worked fine. Not great for adults, but it did work.

Another option, not saying that I don't like the options already offered (although 2 rows of seats will really push the front row pretty close. Even if you use a slightly smaller screen, you run the risk of actually picking up some noticeable ability to see any grain/weave/texture (depending on screen type) at 7 feet. Plus, like already mentioned, the sound level difference between row 1 and row 2 are greater at the shorter distance. So what was I saying again? Oh, that's right, another option would be to create a bar type seating area behind the primary seating. It is basically a counter top surface and some comfortable bar stools.
Ok, to me that sounds a bit like an oxymoron, but I've seen several rooms do this when there wasn't space for another set of seats on a riser. The benefits are that you get more seating for those more rare times that you have extra people watching, you don't need a riser since the bar stools will put people above the front row for visibility, the space difference between row 1 and row 2 isn't so bad, you have a place to eat food before sliding down into the front row, etc.

The biggest downfall is that they aren't as comfy as a recliner.

Thinking back to my previous theater spaces, I always jump to equipment upgrades, but never really thought about the seating changes.

Then again, I've also realized just the other day that I have had more theater spaces than 4 (I call my current one V4).

(thinking back..... V4 is current dedicated room, 2 rows of recliners, V3 was a dedicated room, 1 couch and 1 loveseat side-by-side, V2 was a shared space in the basement with a single couch, V1 was a dedicated room with a couch, and 2 more rows of movie theater seats on 2 different height risers, V0 was my bedroom at home through college. The room was actually bigger than my parents' living room, so I had 1/2 of it as a bedroom, and the other half had a 5 speaker/1 subwoofer Dolby Surround (pre-5.1) setup, V-1 would have been my dorm room in college where I had a 5 speaker setup in my dorm, similar to V0, but without the sub... I had main speakers with 15" woofers so...., V-2 would have been my parents' living room. I talked them into a cheap speaker setup mainly for just general music playback in the main part of the house, but the wires were long enough that we would preposition the small bookshelf speakers that sat on the floor to be in more of a 4 speaker surround setup with phantom center. My parents had no clue, so I am taking credit for that one. They also have never done any sort of surround system since then.) Ok, turning off of Memory Lane now. LOL


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Re: MC's Basement HT
nickbuol #422351 01/13/17 02:54 PM
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Originally Posted By nickbuol
Oh, that's right, another option would be to create a bar type seating area behind the primary seating. It is basically a counter top surface and some comfortable bar stools.

Great idea. I think I'll steal that for my HT area. I'll have to raise the projector higher (currently it's on a bookshelf that also stores media) but I've been meaning to do that anyways.

You can get bar stools which are more like conventional chairs with a proper seat and back, just raised higher. Something like that might be enough to work for the entire movie.

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Re: MC's Basement HT
mikecoscia #422352 01/13/17 03:08 PM
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Just to spam the forums with some photos from Google for inspiration.










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Re: MC's Basement HT
mikecoscia #422359 01/13/17 04:08 PM
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Is that first pic bigs'?

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AAAA #422360 01/13/17 05:37 PM
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Originally Posted By Serenity_Now
Is that first pic bigs'?

Why yes it is.

I like his theater space, but I like his bar even better.




Here is a rabbit hole to follow... His build thread.
Big Mouth in DC's theater build


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Re: MC's Basement HT
mikecoscia #422363 01/13/17 06:45 PM
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Thanks for posting those.

In the third pic, are the benches at the front cushy footrests for the sofa-dwellers or a separate row of seating ?

Or is the answer "yes" ?


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Re: MC's Basement HT
mikecoscia #422385 01/14/17 12:13 AM
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Lol. Mine is so ghetto compared to those.

His bar is really great. Him in general really.

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mikecoscia #422396 01/14/17 06:19 AM
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Yeah but yours has been acoustically optimized which I would take over any other space. I'm jealous.


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Re: MC's Basement HT
mikecoscia #422595 01/18/17 05:18 PM
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Thanks for all the great ideas! My wife mentioned the beanbags and I will prob get one or two for my nieces and nephew. I do like the bar idea, I'll have to see how much space I have once the floor is finished and I bring my couch down. It's a good way to hide that sump as well. The couch is only temporary, we are replacing it in my living room with a lovesac sectional, so it's getting repurposed while I throw money at HT equipment. I plan on placing it around the 9-10' mark.

On a side note, I started painting yesterday. I managed to put the first coat up on two walls. I plan on doing more today and fixing any imperfections with a little spackle.

I also called a few people for drop ceiling quotes and started thinking about my speaker setup. Atmos or no atmos...

I'll post some pictures of the progress tomorrow....

Re: MC's Basement HT
mikecoscia #422615 01/19/17 01:44 PM
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Finished the first coat, except for an area under the rack (having an issue with the sump access door, drywall keeps cracking) and inside the dog house.






The color is called cement gray. I wanted to go darker, but the wife wanted lighter walls since I was putting in a black drop ceiling and dark floors. I'm painting the screen wall black, so it should be fine. I'm just not a fan of light colors, my whole house is darker earth tones....lol.

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